Attic Red-Figure Footed Dinos

Attributed to the Syleus Painterabout 470 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Made in Athens in the red-figure technique, this vase depicts the departure of Triptolemos, who sits in his winged chariot ready to fly away to teach the secrets of agriculture to mortals. Triptolemos, a mortal himself, was connected with the cult of Demeter, the goddess of fertility, and with the Eleusinian Mysteries, which promised a rewarding afterlife to initiates in the goddess's cult. On this vase gods, goddesses, and personifications connected with the cult, including Demeter, Kore, and Hades, surround Triptolemos. Depictions of Triptolemos's mission were very popular in the early 400s B.C., presumably owing to the popularity of the cult.

This type of vase is called a dinos or mixing bowl. The Greeks produced a very strong wine, which they drank mixed with water. A dinos would be used at a symposium or drinking party to mix and serve the diluted wine. The foot or base of this dinos is unusual; dinoi usually had rounded bottoms and were set into a separately formed stand.

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  • Title: Attic Red-Figure Footed Dinos
  • Creator: Attributed to the Syleus Painter
  • Date: about 470 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 36.8 x 35.7 cm (14 1/2 x 14 1/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Dinos
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 89.AE.73
  • Inscription: Inscription: Greek names of godesses, gods and heroes related to the depicted episodes from the myths of the Eleusinian deities: DEMETER; TRIPTOLEMOS; PHE]R[E]PHATA (Kore); K[A]LAMITE[S]; THEOS (Hades); ELEUSI[S]; HIPP[O]THON (Hippothon). The remaining two figures are inscribed KALOS (beautiful)
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 104, Gods and Goddesses
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Attic)
  • Classification: Vessels


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