An Apulian Red-figured Pelike, circa 350-330 B.C.
2,000 - 3,000 GBP
An Apulian Red-figured Pelike
circa 350-330 B.C.
painted in front with a youth holding a patera approaching a seated woman holding a wreath, a large flowering plant between them, a swag above, and on the back with two draped youths, one holding a staff, the details in added white and yellow, two Greek dipinti in the field.
Height 33 cm.
Intact. Very minor losses to glaze, mostly around foot and along edges of handles. Both inscriptions were painted on after firing and are now legible only as "ghosts" under raking light.
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Inscriptions on Apulian vases are rare (see Roscino, “Ceramica campana (Iscrizioni)”, in L. Todisco, ed., La ceramica a figure rosse della Magna Grecia e della Sicilia, I, Produzioni, 2012, pp. 405-492).
The present vase bears two Greek inscriptions. One painted above the head of the woman identifies her as THYAS, probably a variant of "Thyias", i.e. a maenad or female follower of Dionysos. The other painted between the wreath and patera reads DIOYOSIAKA, probably a misspelling or alternate spelling of Dionysiaka ("things pertaining to Dionysos").