Water jar (kalpis) with a Satyr chorus dancing before an aulete

Greek
Early Classical period
480–460 B.C.
the Leningrad Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 151.

Dimensions

Height: 32.5 cm (12 13/16 in.); diameter: 26.5 cm (10 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.788

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure technique

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The shoulder of this red figured jar features five members of a satyr chorus who dance toward musicians. The chorusmen wear identical full head masks of satyrs with large ears, shorts (perizoma) with attached bushy horse tails and phalloi. The men are shown in a variety of movements illustrating the individualism of satyr dances. They each carry part of a singe piece of furniture probably parts of a symposium couch or throne for Dionysos. They move as a unit toward the flute player (auletes) and and youn man with wide eyes and puffed out cheeks, probably he played an instrument whose outlines are now lost.

Missing: foot and fragments of body.

Provenance

By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900