Pitcher (oinochoe) with Maenad and Silenus
about 450 B.C.
the Chicago Painter
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 040.
Height: 18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.) height with handle: 23 cm (9 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)
Oinochoe with circular mouth and high handle. To right, a woman in Ionic chiton with ivy wreath in her hair, moving to right, her body in front view, her head to left, holding thyrsos in left hand and kantharos in right towards a Seilenos, standing in three-quarter view to right, playing lyre.
The figures painted on this oinochoe are the typical followers of the cult of Dionysus. A satyr plays a lyre and a maenad carries a kantharos and her thyrsos.
By 1912: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Gela.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912