molded flask in the form of a comic seated Silenos

Greek, South Italian
Hellenistic Period
150 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Campania

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 096.

Dimensions

9.7 cm (3 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.8149

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Flask or Lamp filler made in the shape of Comic Silenos-a parody of the follower of Dionysos–note his coarse features. He wears a wreath of ivy and sits holding a kantharos close to his chest with both hands. His genitals hang on the ground between his feet. The double handle at the back has a thumb-grip in the form of a small square of clay. Above the handle is a cup-shaped filler-hole with strainer. There is a small aperture for pouring in the left upper arm. Magenta Group ware from Campania

Provenance

By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund