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A woman tries to walk away from a nude man who holds her arm.

At the bottom of a wide black dish with two handles in red there is a man and woman within a ring of repeating spiral designs. He is nude with a tail and holds the woman's arm while she turns toward him. She is wearing a round cap and draping robes and seems to be walking away from the man. She also holds a staff with leaves at the top like a branch.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Douris, Greek (active 500-460 BCE)
Kylix (drinking cup): Satyr and Maenad; Dionysos, Satyrs, and Maenads
Work Type
c. 490-480 BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
Classical period
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Level 3, Room 3400, Ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Art, Ancient Greece in Black and Orange
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Physical Descriptions

H: 11 x Diam: 29.5 cm (4 5/16 x 11 5/8 in.)
Diam. w/ handles 30.2 cm (11 7/8 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
[Athens, 1896] sold; to Joseph C. Hoppin, Pomfret, CT, (1896-1925), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1925.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
Beazley Archive Database #205158

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Joseph C. Hoppin
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Interior tondo: Maenad and satyr. On the right, a maenad walks right and looks back at the satyr. She wears a long, gauzy chiton, black-bordered himation, and sakkos (cap). Her garments are heavily draped and the chiton is transparent across her chest, showing the outline of her breasts. In her right hand, the maenad holds a thyrsus. To the left, the satyr stands nude embracing the maenad with his left arm. He is nude with a tail and long beard. Behind the satyr is a drinking horn and rocky ledge.

Exterior Side A: Dionysos, maenads and satyrs. A bearded Dionysos stands in the center, flanked on either side by a pair of satyrs maenads. The god wears an ivy wreath on his head and holds a drinking cup in his right hand along with an ivy branch in his left. The satyrs are both nude with tail and beard and each maenad holds a thyrsus.

Exterior Side B: Maenads and satyrs. Three maenads and two satyrs.

The interior tondo is framed with a meander border and a series of volute-palmettes are beneath each handle. Limited use of added red delineates the maenads and satyrs's fillets.
This cup is attributed to the painter Douris, active in the early fifth century BCE. Characteristics of this painter are the meander border found in the tondo and palmette ornamentation under the handles.

Publication History

  • J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vases in American Collections (Cambridge, 1918), p. 99
  • Joseph Clark Hoppin, A Handbook of Attic Red-Figure Vases (Cambridge, 1919), p. 280, no. 59
  • C. Walston, Establishment of Classical Type in Greek Art, Journal of Hellenic Studies (1924), 44, p. 242, fig. 14, 1 and 2
  • Joseph Clark Hoppin and Albert Gallatin, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, U.S.A.: volume 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections, Libraire Ancienne Edouard Champion (Paris, 1926)
  • George M. A. Hanfmann, Greek Art and Life, An Exhibition Catalogue, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1950), no. 130.
  • J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1963), p. 436, no. 112
  • Max Wegner, Duris (Munich, 1968), p. 149, 154ff, 246
  • Diana M. Buitron, Attic Vase Painting in New England Collections, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), p. 100-101, no. 53
  • Caroline Houser, Dionysos and His Circle: Ancient Through Modern, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1979), no. 6.

Exhibition History

  • Greek Art and Life: From the Collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Private Lenders, Fogg Art Museum, 03/07/1950 - 04/15/1950
  • 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
  • Fragments of Antiquity: Drawing Upon Greek Vases, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/15/1997 - 12/28/1997
  • 32Q: 3400 Greek, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

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