Exhibitions/ Art Object

Terracotta oinochoe (jug) with Pompe between Eros and Dionysos

Period:
Classical
Date:
mid-4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); diameter 6 13/16 in. (17.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.190
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
Pompe, the personification of processions, holds a wreath and looks toward Dionysos, seated and wearing a diadem. The winged Eros adjusts his sandals as though preparing to depart. The gilt openwork basket on the ground is the type used in religious processions to carry sacrificial implements to the place of sacrifice. This procession must be part of an Athenian festival in honor of Dionysos, probably the Anthesteria, which culminated in the sacred marriage of the god to the wife of the archon basileus, a high official representing the ancient Athenian kings.
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