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.


9.7 cm (3 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)


Europe, The Ancient World



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


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