Fragment of an Apulian Squat Lekythos

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Fragment of an Apulian Squat Lekythos


Attributed to the Workshop of the Darius Painter (Greek (Apulian), active 350 - 325 B.C.)


Greek (South Italian, Apulian)


Apulia, South Italy (Place created)


about 350 - 325 B.C.




14.7 × 12.3 cm (5 13/16 × 4 13/16 in.)

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A silenos, or old satyr, a part-human, part-animal creature, reclines and plays the double flutes on this vase fragment. Companions of Dionysos, the god of wine, satyrs lived in a world of hedonistic pleasure. This silenos entertains himself by resting on a full wineskin. His white beard and tail, as well as the tufts of white hair covering his body, convey his advanced age. A small piece of a comic mask is visible just along the break on the upper left side of the fragment. This scene pokes fun at a popular contemporary scene on vases, that of Dionysos reclining on a couch at a banquet with a comic mask hanging in the background. Here the satyr mimics his master. This fragment comes from a squat lekythos, an oil vessel. The vase displays the lavish use of color favored by artists and their customers in the Greek colonies in Italy. This vase combines the red-figure technique used for the main design with the Gnathia technique of added color for the pattern work, a combination frequently used on small vases produced by the Workshop of the Darius Painter.

1963 - 1983

Walter Bareiss, American, born Germany, 1919 - 2007


and Molly Bareiss, American, 1920 - 2006 (Stamford, Connecticut), distributed to the Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust, 1983.

1983 - 1986

Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Greek Vases and Modern Drawings from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bareiss (June 13 to October 5, 1969) (103)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), June 13 to October 5, 1969

Bothmer, Dietrich von. "Aspects of a Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27 (June 1969). pp. 424-436, p. 427; fig. 17.

Bothmer, Dietrich von, and J. Bean. Greek Vases and Modern Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bareiss. Exh. checklist, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: 1969, p. 8, no. 103.

Schauenburg, Konrad. "Silene bei Symposion." Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archaeologischen Instituts 88 (1973), pp. 1-26, p. 9, fig. 9.

True, Marion, and Jiri Frel. Greek Vases: Molly and Walter Bareiss Collection (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983), p. 4 (color ill.); p. 62, no. 45, ill.; p. 83, no. 205.

"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987), pp. 160-61, no. 7.

Sparkes, Brian A. Greek Pottery: An Introduction. Manchester and New York: 1991, p. 102, fig. v, 3. Where classed as Sicilian.

Jentoft-Nilsen, Marit R., and Arthur Dale Trendall. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. The J. Paul Getty Museum 5 (USA 30) (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994), p. 34; pl. 275, 1. Where classified as Apulian.

Green, J. R. "Theatrical Motifs in Non-Theatrical Contexts on Vases of the later Fifth and Fourth Centuries," Stage Directions. Essays in Ancient Drama in Honour of E. W. Handley (Allan Griffiths, editor). Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, Supplement 66 (1995), pp. 83-121; p. 96; pl. 5c.

Kostouros, George. A Narrative of the Nemean Games (Nemea: George Kostouros, 2008), p. 272, fig. 337.