- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Class of Brussels A 3099, Greek (425 BCE-375 BCE)
- Hydria (water jar): Dionysos and Entourage
- Work Type
- c. 400 BCE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Nola (Campania)
- Classical period
- Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3400, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art, Ancient Greece in Black and Orange
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- Physical Descriptions
- 35.6 x 24.7 cm (14 x 9 3/4 in.)
with handles: 35.6 x 27 cm (14 x 10 5/8 in.)
- Hamburger Collection Frankfurt. [Rudolph Lepke's Kunst-Auctions-Haus, Berlin, Katalog, 2035,"Werke Antiker Kunst, Sammlungen A. Loebbecke-Braunschweig und Dr. Witte-Rostock," p. 13, pl. 2, no. 456, by 1930]. David M. Robinson, Oxford, Mississippi, (by 1937-1959) bequest; to the Fogg Museum, 1960.
- State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
- Standard Reference Number
- Beazley Archive Database #217539
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of David M. Robinson
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Dionysos sits in the center of the scene holding a thyrsos and looking to the right. On his right, a woman wearing a chiton stands and pets the god's panther. Above her in the upper right is a seated youth, likely the god Hermes who holds a caduceus and at the far right, a woman sits facing right and looking to the left. To the left of Dionysos is a bearded-satyr, also holding a thyrsos. At the far left is a woman wearing a long chiton and himation.
On the back of the vessel is a winding vine of palmettes, lotus buds, and tendrils. Under each lateral handle, a palmette. The lip is decorated with an egg-and-dart. At the bottom of the scene, a band of alternating meander and checkerboard square.
Added white highlighting details including the panther, an Eros, and diadems. Yellow also highlights the panthers.
- Publication History
Werke Antiker Kunst Sammlung A. Loebbecke-Braunschweig Sammlung Dr. Witte-Rostock, auct. cat. (Berlin, November 12, 1930), no. 456, pl. 2.
David M. Robinson, Some Unpublished Attic Vases, American Journal of Archaeology (1934), 38, p. 188
David Moore Robinson, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum U.S.A.: volume 3, The Robinson Collection, Baltimore, MD, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1938)
J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1963), 1341.2
Diana M. Buitron, Attic Vase Painting in New England Collections, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), p.146-147, no. 80
Caroline Houser, Dionysos and His Circle: Ancient Through Modern, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1979), no. 15.
Thomas Carpenter, Thomas Mannack, and Melanie Mendonca, ed., Beazley addenda : additional references to ABV, ARV² & Paralipomena, Oxford University Press (UK) (Oxford, 1989), p. 367
John Varriano, Wine: A Cultural History, Reaktion Books (London, 2010), pp.30-34, repr. p. 33 as fig. 13
- Exhibition History
The David Moore Robinson Bequest of Classical Art and Antiquities: A Special Exhibition, Fogg Art Museum, 05/01/1961 - 09/20/1961
Attic Vase Painting in New England Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/01/1972 - 04/05/1972
Dionysos and His Circle: Ancient through Modern, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/10/1979 - 02/10/1980
[Teaching Exhibition], Smith College Museum of Art, 09/01/1994 - 10/01/1994
Fragments of Antiquity: Drawing Upon Greek Vases, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/15/1997 - 12/28/1997
The Pervasive, yet Elusive, Dionysos, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 04/12/2001 - 06/17/2001
32Q: 3400 Greek, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
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