Pitcher (oinochoe) with Maenad and Silenus

Early Classical Period
about 450 B.C.
the Chicago Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



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.

[Label text]:
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)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912