© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1925.30.129
People
Douris, Greek (active 500-460 BCE)
Title
Kylix (drinking cup): Satyr and Maenad; Dionysos, Satyrs, and Maenads
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 490-480 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
Period
Classical period
Culture
Greek
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/292377
Location
Level 3, Room 3400, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art, Ancient Greece in Black and Orange
View this object's location on our interactive map
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Red-figure
Dimensions
H: 11 x Diam: 29.5 cm (4 5/16 x 11 5/8 in.)
Diam. w/ handles 30.2 cm (11 7/8 in.)
Provenance
[Athens, 1896] sold; to Joseph C. Hoppin, Pomfret, CT, (1896-1925), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1925.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Beazley Archive Database #205158
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Joseph C. Hoppin
Accession Year
1925
Object Number
1925.30.129
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
The Harvard Art Museums encourage the use of images found on this website for personal, noncommercial use, including educational and scholarly purposes. To request a higher resolution file of this image, please submit an online request.
Descriptions
Description
Interior tondo: Maenad and satyr. On the right, a maenad walks right and looks back at the satyr. She wears a long, gauzy chiton, black-bordered himation, and sakkos (cap). Her garments are heavily draped and the chiton is transparent across her chest, showing the outline of her breasts. In her right hand, the maenad holds a thyrsus. To the left, the satyr stands nude embracing the maenad with his left arm. He is nude with a tail and long beard. Behind the satyr is a drinking horn and rocky ledge.

Exterior Side A: Dionysos, maenads and satyrs. A bearded Dionysos stands in the center, flanked on either side by a pair of satyrs maenads. The god wears an ivy wreath on his head and holds a drinking cup in his right hand along with an ivy branch in his left. The satyrs are both nude with tail and beard and each maenad holds a thyrsus.

Exterior Side B: Maenads and satyrs. Three maenads and two satyrs.

The interior tondo is framed with a meander border and a series of volute-palmettes are beneath each handle. Limited use of added red delineates the maenads and satyrs's fillets.
Commentary
This cup is attributed to the painter Douris, active in the early fifth century BCE. Characteristics of this painter are the meander border found in the tondo and palmette ornamentation under the handles.
Publication History

J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vases in American Collections (Cambridge, 1918), p. 99

Joseph Clark Hoppin, A Handbook of Attic Red-Figure Vases (Cambridge, 1919), p. 280, no. 59

C. Walston, Establishment of Classical Type in Greek Art, Journal of Hellenic Studies (1924), 44, p. 242, fig. 14, 1 and 2

Joseph Clark Hoppin and Albert Gallatin, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, U.S.A.: volume 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections, Libraire Ancienne Edouard Champion (Paris, 1926)

George M. A. Hanfmann, Greek Art and Life, An Exhibition Catalogue, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1950), no. 130.

J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1963), p. 436, no. 112

Max Wegner, Duris (Munich, 1968), p. 149, 154ff, 246

Diana M. Buitron, Attic Vase Painting in New England Collections, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), p. 100-101, no. 53

Caroline Houser, Dionysos and His Circle: Ancient Through Modern, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1979), no. 6.

Exhibition History

Greek Art and Life: From the Collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Private Lenders, Fogg Art Museum, 03/07/1950 - 04/15/1950

Attic Vase Painting in New England Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/01/1972 - 04/05/1972

Dionysos and His Circle: Ancient through Modern, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/10/1979 - 02/10/1980

Fragments of Antiquity: Drawing Upon Greek Vases, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/15/1997 - 12/28/1997

32Q: 3400 Greek, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu