Two-handled jar (pelike) with Dionysos and a Satyr

Late Archaic Period or Early Classical Period
about 475 B.C.
The Geras Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Overall: 34cm (13 3/8in.) Weight: 6.5 lb. (2.95 kg)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



Side A. Dionlysos attended by a satyr with a himation tied around his waist and wearing a petasos, travellers hat. He holds a cluster of grapes in his left hand and a wine pitcher in his right.

Side B. A member of a satyr chorus wears the shorts (perizoma) with erect phallus and tail attached and stands in a squatting position. He holds out a sword in his right hand and a scabbard in his left. Probably he is part of a parody of an armed (pyrrhic) dance or the sword may be stolen from Herakles, a plot typical of satyr comedy.

Broken and restored.




1964: Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Basel and André Emmerich Gallery, Inc., 17 East 64th Street, New York, N.Y. (exhibited in: Masterpieces of Greek Vase Painting, no. 31); purchased by MFA from André Emmerich Gallery, Inc., November 12, 1964.

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund