Attic red-figure

Dinos Painter 'meanad' stamnos

Dinos Painter 'meanad' stamnos

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Dinos Painter 'meanad' stamnos

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Dinos Painter 'meanad' stamnos

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Dinos Painter 'meanad' stamnos

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Photographs: M. Tiverios, Elliniki Techni

Museum: Naples, Museo Nazionale Archeologico
Size: 49cm. (stamnos)
Function: convivial
Technique: red-figure with shading achieved through washes of dilute paint
Style: later classical, rich but not ornate
Subject/s: A. Women or maenads with thrysi and tambourines dance around a pillar idol of Dionysos, festooned with branches and set before a table holding two large stamnoi from which one maenad ladles wine into a skyphos. B. more maenads with thrysi and tambourines join the celebrations
Date: late 5th c.
Analysis: the subjects are very like that of those on the earlier stamnos by the Villa Giulia Painter. Now the image of the god fastened to pillar suggests a festival of Dionysos. The tambourines are new and probably reflect their recent appearance in Athens with the cult of Bendis.

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