- Museum number
- Object: The Sophilos Dinos
Pottery: black-figured dinos (wine-bowl) and stand, incorporating the fragments 1978.6-6.1 and 2, and 1978.6-7.1 to 3. It shows the Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, above friezes of real and imaginary animals. Peleus receives the wedding guests at his house; among them Dionysos, Hebe, and the centaur Cheiron. Between the columns of Peleus' house is the artist's signature "Sophilos painted me". The first chariot in the procession carries Zeus and Hera, the second Poseidon and Amphitrite, the third Hermes and Apollo and the fourth Ares and Aphrodite. Between the chariots walk groups of Fates, Graces and Muses, one of whom plays the pipes. Athena and Artemis ride in the last chariot, and are followed by Thetis' grandfather, the fish-tailed sea-god Okeanos, his wife Tethys, and Eileithyia, goddess of childbirth. Hephaistos brings up the rear, seated side-saddle on a mule.
- Production date
- 580BC-570BC (circa)
Height: 28.80 centimetres (dinos)
Height: 46.30 centimetres (stand)
Height: 71.50 centimetres (total of dinos and stand)
Width: 42 centimetres (dinos)
Width: 33 centimetres (stand)
Depth: 42 centimetres (dinos)
Depth: 33 centimetres (stand)
- Curator's comments
For further description and discussion, see Birchall 1971-72, 110 note 1 and Williams 1983, 9 (both with extensive earlier bibliography); also Williams 1999.
Birchall, A. 1971-72. 'A new acquisition: An early Attic bowl with stand, signed by Sophilos'. British Museum Quarterly 36, 107-110.
Williams, D. 1983: 'Sophilos in the British Museum'. Greek Vases in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Occasional Papers on Antiquities 1 (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum), 9-34.
Williams, D. 1999: Greek vases (London: The British Museum Press).
- On display (G13/dc9)
- Exhibition history
2019-2020 21 Nov-8 Mar, London, BM, SEG, Troy
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number