Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Altar and wreaths below a grapevine
The motifs depicted here are more than purely decorative. The pendants reflect a contemporary predilection for embellishing vases with necklaces. This tradition continued even into Roman painting—note the Black Bedroom from Boscotrecase. The grapevine here alludes to Dionysos, god of wine, while the altar may indicate his connection with the theater.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 130, 272, pl. 112c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.