Ancient Greece, Athens (Attic), ca. 6th century BCE. Beautiful Attic pottery oinochoe - vessel used for pouring wine either at a domestic setting or during symposia. Supported upon a short flaring foot with a bulbous base; presents with a trefoil spout allowing for the easy pouring in any of 3 directions and a rounded handle on reverse. This lovely vessel is decorated in black-figure against a light background and depicts the Greek god of wine women and song holding a large rhyton or drinking horn in his left hand, his right hand holding the edge of his long cloak. Behind Dionysus is a standing satyr with long phallus and even longer tail. To the front stands another satyr, again with exposed phallus and a standing maenad. Size: 6.25" W x 9" H (15.9 cm x 22.9 cm)
This vessel has been attributed to the "Class of Wurzburg 346."
Provenance: ex-Leslie Hindman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA; ex-private Chicago collection, Chicago, Illinois, USA, before 2010
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Repaired from about 10 pieces but most of the repairs center around the rim and have little impact on the painted scene. Misfired in antiquity giving it an interesting red/brown appearance.