Silk Road Collection
The Mediterranean

Pot (Black Painted Amphora)

  • The Mediterranean
  • Athens, Greece
  • around 530 BC
  • The Archaic Period
  • pottery
  • 41.0cm in height

Dionysus, god of wine, is painted on one side of the pot, and on the opposite side is Apollo, who is playing the harp. In front of Dionysus holding a rhyton, Minos takes out a bottle; at the back is half-beast Satyrus (companion of Dionysus) dancing drunkenly. On the opposite side is Apollo playing the harp, accompanied by a fawn. Muse, goddess of poetry, is holding a bunch of flowers and standing on the side of him.