DIONYSOS & MAENADS BY AMASIS Ancient Greece, Ceramics
The original dating to ca 540BC is in Paris at Cabinet de Medailles. It is one of the masterpieces of the Amasis Painter who together with the Athenian Exekias, pioneered the black-figure technique in the second half of the 6th century BC. This beautiful black figure vase painting by the Amasis Painter depicts Dionysos with a pair of attendant maenads. The body of the vase is adorned with a gorgeous group of figures. Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and the theatre, stands on the left. The god is bearded and holds a kantharos (this kind of wine cup is often used as a symbol of Dionysos) in one of his hands. The right side of the vase features two women, who are often identified as maenads (female followers of Dionysos). These women are intertwined and clad in dark, intricately detailed garments. One of the maenads is holding a hare, while the other is carrying a deer. The decorative details on the vase are bold and beautifully rendered. This enchanting work is a masterpiece of the black figure style of vase painting.
We utilise the materials and methods used by ancient Greeks and employ only top quality ceramics and paints. As the item is made by hand it may vary slightly from the image shown.
It will be delivered to you direct from Greece in 1 to 2 weeks.
Condition: New. Handmade in Greece. Hand Painted.
Height: 40cm (16″)