Red-figure Bell-Krater (Primary Title)
The dancing maenads (literally “mad women,” female followers of Dionysos) have their heads thrown back in ecstatic worship of Dionysos, the god of wine. The column indicates that this dance takes place at a sanctuary.
This vase dates to the last phase of red-figure vase painting in Athens, when figure drawing and the liberal use of added red and white pigments anticipated developments in South Italian pottery during the 4th century BC.
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