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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David M. Robinson, Some Unpublished Attic Vases, American Journal of Archaeology (1934), 38, p. 188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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