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Volute krater by the Karneia Painter - A side

Karneia Painter

MArTA - Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Taranto

MArTA - Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Taranto
Taranto, Italy

The main image depicts the procession of Dionysus. The god is in the centre, flanked on the left by a Maenad in an ecstatic trance and a double flute player, and on the right by a Maenad dressed in a chiton and an animal pelt, in the act of raising a torch, and a Satyr leaning on a pillar. On the other side of the vessel, the representations are arranged in two registers: in the upper register, Perseus shows Medusa’s severed head to a group of horrified Silenes, who are fleeing, probably a reference to a satirical drama; below is a ritual dance on the occasion of the Karneia, a Doric festival in honour of Apollo.

Details

  • Title: Volute krater by the Karneia Painter - A side
  • Creator: Karneia Painter
  • Date Created: Last few decades of the 5th century AD
  • Location Created: Bari, Ceglie del Campo, via G. Martino, 1898
  • Physical Dimensions: 72 cm (height); 42 cm (diameter, rim)
  • Medium: Proto-Italiote red-figured ceramics
  • Room: Room VI, showcase 52

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