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Pottery: red-figured pelike.
(a) Dionysos Chimserophonos and thiasos. In the centre of the scene is a blazing altar with Ionic capital with splashes of blood on plinth. Towards this on the left Dionysos advances with rapid step, a bearded figure with long hair and long wedge-shaped beard, a broad purple fillet, and a long sleeved chiton, over which is a close-fitting fringed tunic reaching to the waist, decorated with four horizontal bands of zigzags and wave pattern. The upper part seems to be turned over in an apoptygma which is without decoration; over his arms hangs a rolled-up mantle. In his left are the hind-quarters, in his right the fore-part of a kid which he has torn asunder, and of which the blood gushes out. On the right of the altar a Seilenos wearing a fillet moves to right, looking back and playing on the flutes with a phorbeia (chin-strap) attached; at his back hangs an entire nebris, the fore paws knotted over his chest, the head at the back of his neck. On the right below the handle of the vase, a wreathed bearded satyr crouches on his left knee, extending both arms towards the central scene, holding a keras in his left hand. Beneath the opposite handle a similar figure wearing a taenia crouches on his left knee to the left, his right hand raised, his face to front with mouth open as if he were shouting. Between this figure and Dionysos a Maenad in a long chiton, of which the sleeves are wrapped around each arm, moves to the left, looking back and raising her left hand.
(b) Seilenos and two Maenads dancing. On the right a bearded satyr advances to the left, playing on the flutes with a phorbeia attached; he steps forward as if in time to the music, with body thrown back. In front of him two Maenads dance. The one on the left trips towards him on the tip of her toes, thyrsos in hand, extending her left arm, on which is a pardalis, an end fastened over her right shoulder. The central Maenad moves to the left, looking back and extending her left towards the satyr; in her right hand she holds her thyrsos like a spear-across her body, the head downwards. Each of the Maenads has long wavy hair, a long chiton, and a himation fastened on the shoulders. All three figures in this scene are wreathed. On the bottom of the foot incised characters, XIII.
Later stage of large style. Purple fillets, wreaths, taenia, flame and blood of kid. Brown inner markings, and wash on nebris. Eye in archaic type, with inner angle open. Edge of hair of Dionysos dotted. Below, a continuous band of key pattern; above each side, a strip of linked lotus buds. Round neck, a purple line.
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Height: 36.83 centimetres
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- BM Cat. Vases
Musée Blacas, pll. 13-15, pp. 40-46; Panofka, Bild. ant. Leb. pl. 13, 3, p. 25 (central group of a alone); Μüller-Wieseler, Denkm. d. alt. Kunst, ii, pl. 49, no. 616; Daremberg and Saglio, s.v. Dionysos, fig. 2420.
For scenes analogous to these cf. the Paris Brygos vase (Hartwig, Meistersch. pl. xxxii.) and BM Vase Ε75. For the motif of the arms covered by the sleeves, see Hartwig, loc. cit. p. 313, note 1.
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