Two-handled jar (amphora)

Early Classical Period
about 470 B.C.
the Briseis Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 086.


Height: 28.4 cm (11 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)


The Ancient World



Side A: Maenad (a female devotee of Dionysus, the god of wine) dances while a balding satyr plays the double-pipes. She wears a chiton and a panther-skin. She is doing the “wing-dance”, in which the maenad holds the inside of her sleeves and twirls like a dervish. The satyr is nude and he has human feet. Both wear wreaths of ivy.
Side B: A balding satyr dances with krotala (wooden clappers akin to castenets).


By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon Collection; by 1901: purchased by Edward Perry Warren from Alfred Bourguignon (according to Warren's records: Bourguignon label [on the vase]: S. Maria [di Capua]); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund