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Terracotta situla (bucket)

Attributed to the Lycurgus Painter
Late Classical
ca. 360–340 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 10 11/16 in. (27.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Dionysos among satyrs and maenads. On the bottom, round face

A situla is a bucket that served to decant wine. The shape is well attested in metal examples and in terracotta counterparts of different types. This piece presents a spirited depiction of the wine-god Dionysos driving his griffin-drawn chariot to a gathering of his followers. Particularly engaging is the old satyr dipping a jug into the decorated calyx-krater, probably to fill the libation bowl in his left hand. On the back, Dionysos is seated between a satyr and a maenad and is surrounded by attributes, including a fawn, a cista (cylindrical box), and wreaths.
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von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction. p. 6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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