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Attic Red-Figure Cup

Object Details


Attic Red-Figure Cup


Makron (Greek (Attic), active about 490 - 480 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place Created)


about 480 B.C.



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8.2 × 25.9 × 19.4 cm (3 1/4 × 10 3/16 × 7 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

A satyr holding a drinking cup decorates the interior of this Athenian red‑figure cup. Satyrs, part‑human, part‑animal companions of Dionysos, the god of wine, were a popular and fitting decoration for vessels intended for use at a symposion or drinking party. 

Stylistically the decoration of this cup fits with the work of the painter Makron, who worked during the early decades of the fifth century B.C. The artist used heavy lines of black glaze, actually raised from the surface of the vase, for large contours of the body. He then applied lines of diluted glaze, which fired brown rather than black, for smaller musculature. This varied intensity of line enabled the vase-painter to give a sense of mass and three‑dimensionality to the satyr.

by 1969 - 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)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), June 13 to October 5, 1969

Beazley, J. D. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters. 2nd ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963), p. 478, no. 310.

Bothmer, Dietrich von, and J. Bean. Greek Vases and Modern Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bareiss. Exh. checklist. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1969), p. 7, no. 95.

Brommer, Frank. "Satyrspielvasen in Malibu," Greek Vases in the J. Paul Getty Museum 1. Occasional Papers on Antiquities 1 (1983), pp. 115-120, p. 120, no. 359 (as Metropolitan Museum L.69.11.38).

True, Marion, and Jiri Frel. Greek Vases: Molly and Walter Bareiss Collection (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983), p. 80, no. 157.

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

Beazley Addenda: Additional References to ABV, ARV2, and Paralipomena. 2nd ed. Compiled by T. Carpenter with T. Mannack and M. Mendonca. Oxford: 1989, p. 247.

Kunisch, Norbert. Makron. Kerameus, vol. 10. Mainz: 1997, pl. 65.186.

Moore, Mary B. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. The J. Paul Getty Museum 8 (USA 33). (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1998), p. 46, no. 62; fig. 20; pl. 434.