Faliscan red-figure calyx krater (mixing bowl) with a figures riding a dolphin and a swan - ROM2010_11495_84


Faliscan red-figure calyx krater (mixing bowl) with a figures riding a dolphin and a swan

Maker: Attributed to the Fluid Group
Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted
Geography: Made in Etruria, Italy; findspot unknown
Date: about 350-325 BC
Period: Italic (Faliscan) Late Classical period
39.6 x 30.9 x 30.8 cm
Object number: 923.13.64
Credit Line: Gift of the Members of the Royal Ontario Museum
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria

Around 380 BC, the Faliscans, a Latin-speaking neighbour of the Etruscans, developed their own style of red-figure pottery that resembled the red-figure ceramics of Athens and South Italy.

This krater (a bowl for mixing wine with water) is decorated in red-figure technique. On one side is a naked figure seated on a dolphin and holding a lyre. This has been identified as female because the body was originally painted white (although much of the paint has worn off), but this identification is not certain. The figure faces another white-skinned figure, probably a maenad, holding an oinochoe (jug) and a thyrsus, and behind is a bearded satyr. On the other side of the vase is Apollo seated on a giant swan and playing a lyre. Behind him is a clothed woman holding a phiale (offering bowl), and in front of his is a crouching satyr. The attendants of Dionysos in this scene (the maenad and two satyrs), suggest that this might be a depiction of a performance of a 'Satyr play'.

Beazley attributes it to the Fluid Group of Faliscan vase-painters.

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