Dionysos and maenad in cart drawn by Papposilenos
Red-figured bell-krater. Paestum.
Ca. 360—350 BCE.
Attributed to Python.
Diam. 36.8 cm.
Inv. No. 1989.11.4.New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dionysos and maenad in cart drawn by Papposilenos.

Red-figured bell-krater. Paestum.
Ca. 360—350 BCE.
Attributed to Python.
Diam. 36.8 cm.
Inv. No. 1989.11.4.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Origin:
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 1989. In 2017 returned to Italy as stolen and smuggled out.
Description:
Obverse, Dionysos and maenad in cart drawn by Papposilenos. Reverse, two youths.

The phlyax scene shows a youthful Dionysos, god of wine, and a flute-playing companion riding a wheeled couch. The draught is provided by an old silenos wearing a fleecy costume under a fawn skin. The inscription above his head reads “Hubris.” The drawing and polychromy, at once fluent and disciplined, represent Python at his best.

Literature:
Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Silenoi, no. 20a, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1997. Thespiades-Zodiacus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 8. Tybron, no. 2, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 184, pp. 161, 439, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Credits:
(cc) 2017. Photo, text: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (CC0 1.0).
Keywords: κεραμικά ceramics clay terracotta ceramica keramik céramique ελληνική μυθολογία mythologia graeca greek mythology mitologia greca griechische mythologie grecque διώνυσος dionysus dioniso dionysos μαινάδα μαινάδες mainades maenas maenades maenad maenads menade menadi mänade mänaden ménade ménades σειληνός seilenos silenus sileni selenus papposilenus silenuses sileno papposileni silenos silen papposilen silène papposilène νοτιοταλικό southitalian southern italy mezzogiorno meridione süditalienisch süditalien suditalien technique tecnica vasenmalerei ερυθρόμορφος red figure red-figure red-figured a rosse rotfigurige rotfiguriger à figures rouges κρατήρ κρατήρας krater сrater cratere cratère κωδωνόσχημος bell campana glockenkrater cloche paestum paestan pestana paestanische paestane papposilenos papposileno female dress clothes clothing garment abbigliamento femminile damenbekleidung vêtements pour femmes γυναικεία ρούχα male footwear footgear calzatura maschile männerschuhe chaussures hommes ανδρικά παπούτσια frauenschuhe musical instrument strumento musicale musikinstrument de musique μουσικό όργανο thyrsus tirso thyrse θύρσος thyrsos corona hedera ivy wreath di edera efeukranz couronne lierre στεφάνι κισσού armilla bracelet braccialetto bracciale armband armreif armspange spange βραχιόλι tibia tibiae double flute aulos aulòs αὐλός αυλός balteus baldric balteo wehrgehänge pardalide pardalis skin of panther earring earrings orecchino orecchini ohrring ohrringe boucle d’oreille barba barbatum beard bearded man uomo barbuto bart bärtiger mann barbe homme barbu γενειάδα γενειοφόρος άνθρωπος taenia tainia band ribbon fillet tenia tänie binden tænia ténia ταινία bird birds uccello vogel oiseau πουλί reclining reclinabile reclinabili reclinata liegend inclinable ανακλινόμενα torquis necklace collana halskette collier κολιέ palmette palmetta belt cintura cingolo gurt gürtel ceinture ζώνη pulvinus pillow cuscino kissen polster oreiller μαξιλάρι kline lectus triclinaris bed couch letto bett klinê lit couche κλίνη pole shaft stanga deichsel timon adornment adornments adornamento adornamenti schmuck verzierungen ornement vitta vittae nave hub mozzo nabe moyeu carriage wagon carro wave-pattern wave-like ornament wavy old vecchio greis alter vieux vieil long hair capelli lunghi lange haare cheveux longs python painter pittore vasenmaler πύθων phlyax scene scena farsa fliacica comico comica phlyaken phlyakenszene jeu hubris arrogance tracotanza eccesso superbia orgoglio übermut anmaßung démesure ὕβρις ύβρις musician playing musicista che suona musiker spielen auf musicien jouant solid wood wheel without spokes legno ruota solido senza raggi rad ohne speichen and in cart drawn by inv no 1989.11.4