Attic Red-Figure Kylix

Object Details

Title:

Attic Red-Figure Kylix

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to Onesimos (Greek (Attic), active 500 - 480 B.C.)

Culture:

Greek (Attic)

Place:

Athens, Greece (Place created)

Date:

500–490 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta

Object Number:

86.AE.607

Dimensions:

8.3 × 30.5 × 23.5 cm (3 1/4 × 12 × 9 1/4 in.)

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Satyrs were part-human, part-horse companions of the wine-god Dionysos. Frequently shown behaving as mortals should not, their lustful – but invariably unfulfilled – pursuits were a favorite theme on symposium vessels. Filling the interior of this fragmentary red-figure kylix or cup, a satyr crawls over a large rocky outcropping toward a sleeping maenad, whom he seeks to kiss. The maenad, one of the female followers of Dionysos, reclines on a striped cushion. In the background hangs a wineskin, inscribed with the word ‘fine’. Around it, perhaps conveying the thoughts of the satyr, is another inscription ‘the girl is beautiful’.

Each side of the exterior of the cup once displayed a figure of a satyr shown in a complex pose. The better preserved is shown from behind; only the profile-view legs, tail, and drinking horn remain of the other. Perhaps these two figures depict the same satyr in pursuit of his desire, and the interior the moment when he finally encounters her.

Related Works
Provenance
by 1985 - 1986

Galerie Nefer (Zurich, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Exhibitions
The Colors of Clay: Special Techniques in Athenian Vases (June 8 to September 4, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), June 8 to September 4, 2006
Picasso and Rivera: Conversations across Time (December 4, 2016 to September 10, 2017)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), December 4, 2016 to May 7, 2017
  • Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), June 7 to September 10, 2017
Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987), p. 162, no.11.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, 1991, p. 11, ill. fig. 5.

Williams, Dyfri. "Onesimos and the Getty Iliupersis." Greek Vases in the J. Paul Getty Museum 5. Occasional Papers on Antiquities 7 (1991), pp. 41-64, figs. 2a-b.

Dierichs, Angelika. Erotik in der Kunst Griechenlands. Zaberns Bildbaende zur Archaeologie, vol. 9. (Mainz: von Zabern, 1993, p. 37; fig. 47 (wrongly cited as 86.AE.6007).

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 48.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: 2002), p. 68.

Spivey, Nigel and Squire, Michael. Panorama of the Classical World (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2004), p. 51, fig. 76.

Cohen, Beth, ed. The Colors of Clay: Special Techniques in Athenian Vases, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006), pp. 175-76, cat. no. 46, fig. 46.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 30, ill.

Dierichs, Angelika. Erotik in der Kunst Griechenlands (Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern, 2008), p. 35, fig. 25.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), p. 68.

Dietrich, Nikolaus. Figur ohne Raum? Bäume und Felsen in der attischen Vasenmalerei des 6. und 5. Jahrhunderts v.Chr. (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010), pp. 169, 305-6, fig. 143, ill.

Topper, Kathryn. The Imagery of the Athenian Symposium. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, 41, fig. 18.

Lissarrague, François. Le Cité des Satyres: Une Anthropologie Ludique (Paris: Éditions de l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, 2013), p.88, fig. 63.

Williams, Dyfri. "To Dream the Impossible Dream." In Approaching the Ancient Artifact: Representation, Narrative and Function. Edited by Avramidou, A. and Demetriou, D. (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014), 303.

Magaloni, Diana, and Michael Govan, eds. Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with Delmonico Books, 2016), Pp. 210, fig.

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