Attic Red-Figure Kylix

Object Details

Title:

Attic Red-Figure Kylix

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Culture:

Greek (Attic)

Place(s):

Athens, Greece (Place created)

Date:

500 - 490 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta

Dimensions:

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

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A satyr, a semi-human creature of Greek mythology, crawls over a large rocky outcropping toward a sleeping maenad, whom he is about to kiss. The maenad, one of the female followers of Dionysos, the god of wine, reclines on a striped cushion. The wineskin in the background may explain her sound sleep. Filling the interior of this fragmentary red-figure kylix or cup, this scene of an erotically charged encounter between the human and bestial companions of Dionysos was a particularly fitting decoration for a vessel used at a symposium or drinking party. Sexual sparring between satyrs and maenads, the one side pursuing and the other evading, was a favorite theme on symposium vessels. The image of the satyr creeping up on his helpless sleeping prey had a particular appeal. Each side of the exterior of the cup once displayed a figure of a dancing satyr shown in a complex pose. The best preserved of these satyrs is shown from the back; only the profile-view legs, tail, and drinking horn remain of the other.

Related Works
Provenance
- 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) (46)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, (Malibu), June 8 to September 4, 2006
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: 1993. p. 37; fig. 47.

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: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002) p. 68.

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.

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.

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