About this artwork
This large vessel was used for storing and mixing wine, and was likely used as part of the Greek symposium. Much like modern academic symposiums, in which people discuss a topic of common interest, debunking old theories and putting forth new hypotheses; the men of ancient Athens regularly got together in private homes to exchange ideas. Afterward the participants might continue the conversation, discussing their impressions in greater detail or simply socializing over a drink. As the evening progressed, participants engaged in other pleasures, including games, performances, and sex. Wine played a major role in fueling these evenings, and as such the myriad vessels used in the symposium often paid homage to drink. Here, the face or mask of a satyr, one of the followers of the wine god Dionysos, is depicted with grapevines seemingly growing from his head.
- Ancient Greek
- Amphora (Storage Jar)
- 530 BCE–520 BCE
- terracotta, black-figure technique on white-ground
- H. 39.4 cm (15 1/8 in.); diam. 27.7 cm (10 7/8 in.)
- Costa A. Pandaleon Endowment