Black-figure krater

first half of 6th century B.C.E.

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

The wine god Dionysus is surrounded by his wild attendants, women called maenads dancing in a state of trance, and satyrs, figures who are part human and part animal. The Greek theater originated in the rituals of Dionysus, who was believed to bring ecstasy and a creative transformation to his followers through dance and music. The god of fertility and violent energy in both people and nature, he could transform the raw human energy of sexual desire and wine drinking into artistic creation.

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  • Title: Black-figure krater
  • Date Created: first half of 6th century B.C.E.
  • Physical Dimensions: 17 1/4 × 20 7/8 × 16 7/8 in. (43.82 × 53.02 × 42.86 cm)
  • Type: Containers
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/3311082/
  • Medium: Ceramic
  • culture: Greek; Attic
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, gift of The Jonsson Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick M. Mayer