Master of Boston Dionysos

The earliest personality, working mainly in the last quarter of the 6th century BC. His rather dumpy figures may reflect Anaolian/Ionian styles which also appear in Etruscan relief sculpture. His name piece has an elaborate relief back and he favours multi-figure narrative groups.

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A relief figure of Dionysos on the scarab back. Herakles grapples with a small man (possibly Geras - Old Age) watched by Athena and a woman.

Boston 21.1197; LHG no. 35ter. 14mm. AGGems no. 77; GGFR pl. 408.

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Achilles arms, watched by Hephaistos (with crippled feet) holding his shield for him, and his mother Thetis.

Malibu, Getty Museum 81.AN.76.121. 13mm. GGFR pl. 1033.

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Achilles? arming, with his new helmet, spear, shield and sword. The added floral is an Etruscan touch.

Florence, Mus.Arch. 15260. 12mm. Zazoff, no.16.

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Related to the Boston Master. Herakles quarrels with Apollo over the tripod.

Boston 27.668; LHG no. 14. 12mm.