Return of Hephaestus to Olympus, accompanied by Dionysus and a satyr
Black-figured neck-amphora. Attic.
Attributed to the Medea Group.
Ca. 520 BCE.
Height 35 cm.
Sotheby’s Auction House, New York

Return of Hephaestus to Olympus, accompanied by Dionysus and a satyr.

Black-figured neck-amphora. Attic.
Attributed to the Medea Group.
Ca. 520 BCE.
Height 35 cm.

Sotheby’s Auction House, New York.

Madison, Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin (on loan).
Private collection, USA.
Private collection, Netherlands.
Private collection, Germany.
German private collection.
Helena and Jacques Schulman, Amsterdam.
Lincoln Higgie, Chicago.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1976.
Sotheby’s, New York, June 8th, 2011, lot 24 (estimate: 50,000—80,000 USD; price realized: 350,500 USD).

The Elvehjem Museum of Art (since May 2005 — The Chazen Museum of Art), University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1978—2006/8;
"Greek Vase-Painting in Midwestern Collections”, The Art Institute of Chicago, December 22nd, 1979 to February 24th, 1980.
An Attic black-figured neck amphora, attributed to the Medea Group, painted in front with Hephaistos returning to Olympus riding an ithyphallic mule or donkey, an oinochoe suspended on the animal’s phallus, followed by a satyr carrying a large volute krater, and preceded by Dionysos, and on the reverse with a fight between two warriors flanked by a Scythian archer on the left and an Amazon on the right, the details in added red and white, a graffito spelling kappa epsilon under the foot.
Warren G. Moon and Louise Berge, eds., Greek Vase-Painting in Midwestern Collections, exhibition catalogue, Chicago, 1979, no. 56, pp. 96—97.
Warren G. Moon, ed., Ancient Greek Art and Iconography, Madison, 1983, p. 162, fig. 11. 3.
Eva C. Keuls, The Reign of the Phallus: Sexual Politics in Ancient Athens, New York, 1985, p. 81.
Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, vol. IV, Munich, 1988, s. v. Hephaistos, fig. 156 b.


Dietrich von Bothmer, in Glories of the Past. Ancient Art from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Collection, D. v. Bothmer, ed., New York, 1990, p. 140.
Guy Michael Hedreen, Silens in Attic Black-figure Vase-Painting: Myth and Performance, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1992, p. 184, note 45.
Patricia C. Powell, ed., Ancient Etruscan and Greek Vases in the Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison, Wisc., p. 83, illus.
Stephen Fineberg, “Hephaestus on Foot in the Cerameicus”, Transactions of the American Philological Association, vol. 139, 2009, p. 300, fig. 4.
Beazley Archive Pottery Database, no. 7878, illus.
© 2011. Photo, text: Sotheby’s Auction House (Sale N08762 Lot 24).
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