Attic Red-Figure Footed Dinos

Object Details

Title:

Attic Red-Figure Footed Dinos

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to the Syleus Painter (Greek (Attic), active 490 - 470 B.C.)

Culture:

Greek (Attic)

Date:

about 470 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta

Dimensions:

36.8 x 35.7 cm (14 1/2 x 14 1/16 in.)

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Made in Athens in the red-figure technique, this vase depicts the departure of Triptolemos, who sits in his winged chariot ready to fly away to teach the secrets of agriculture to mortals. Triptolemos, a mortal himself, was connected with the cult of Demeter, the goddess of fertility, and with the Eleusinian Mysteries, which promised a rewarding afterlife to initiates in the goddess's cult. On this vase gods, goddesses, and personifications connected with the cult, including Demeter, Kore, and Hades, surround Triptolemos. Depictions of Triptolemos's mission were very popular in the early 400s B.C., presumably owing to the popularity of the cult.

This type of vase is called a dinos or mixing bowl. The Greeks produced a very strong wine, which they drank mixed with water. A dinos would be used at a symposium or drinking party to mix and serve the diluted wine. The foot or base of this dinos is unusual; dinoi usually had rounded bottoms and were set into a separately formed stand.

Provenance
- 1989

Robin Symes (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1989.

Exhibitions
Beyond Beauty: Antiquities as Evidence (December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection (March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004
The Classical Period of Ancient Greece (March 1 to June 2, 2002)
  • Martin-Gropius-Bau, (Berlin), March 1 to June 2, 2002
SICILY: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome (April 3, 2013 to June 15, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, (Malibu), April 3 to August 19, 2013
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art, (Cleveland), September 29, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Bibliography

Clinton, Kevin. Myth and Cult. The Iconography of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Stockholm: 1992. pp. 106-7, fig. 43-47.

Matheson, Susan B. "The Mission of Triptolemos and the Politics of Athens," Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 35,4 (Winter 1994), pp. 345-372. p. 355 (cited as 89.AE.79).

Mattusch, Carol. Classical Bronzes. The Art and Craft of Greek and Roman Statuary. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1996. p. 53; p. 56, fig. 2.11.

Clinton, Kevin. "Kalamites," Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae VIII (1997), p. 663. no. 7; pl. 413.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 50.

Towne Markus, Elana. Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Antiquities. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997) cover; p. 47.

Schwarz, Gerda. "Triptolemos," Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae VIII (1997), pp. 56-68. p. 62, no. 96.

Simon, Erika. "Theos et Thea," Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae VIII (1997), pp. 1206-1207. p. 1206, no. 1; pl. 829.

Smith, Amy C. "Eurymedon and the Evolution of Political Personifications," Journal of Hellenic Studies 119 (1999), pp. 128-141. p. 132; pl. 9d.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 50.

Maischberger, M. and Wolf-Deiter Heilmeyer. Die griechische Klassik: Idee oder Wirklichkeit. Exh. cat. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, March 1- June 2, 2002. Antikensammlung Berlin: 2002. p. 456, cat. no. 305.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002) p. 77.

Kostouros, George. A Narrative of the Nemean Games (Nemea: George Kostouros, 2008) p. 217, fig. 248.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), p. 74.

Smith, Amy C. Polis and Personification in Classical Athenian Art (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2011) p. 150.

Saunders, David. "An Amazonomachy Attributed to the Syleus Painter." In Athenian Potters and Painters III. John. H. Oakley, ed. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2014 190, 195, fn. 29

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