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. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Malibu: 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: 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). pp. 83-121; p. 96; pl. 5c.

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