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Hermes delivering infant Dionysus to Silenus & the Nysiades | Greek vase, Athenian red figure, white-ground kalyx krater

K12.19 FOSTERING OF DIONYSOS

Museum Collection: Museo Gregoriano Etrusco Vaticano, Vatican City
Catalogue No.: Vatican 559
Beazley Archive No.: 214232
Ware: Attic Red Figure, White Ground
Shape: Krater, kalyx
Painter: Attr. to the Phiale Paitner
Date: ca 440 - 435 BC
Period: Classical

SUMMARY

Side A: Hermes delivers the infant god Dionysos to the foster care of Seilenos and the Nysiades. The old, white-haired god is seated on a rock. He has an ass's ears and tail, and holds in his hand a thyrsos (pine-cone tipped staff). Of the Nysiades, one holds in her hand the frond of a flowering plant.
Side B: The Mousai or Muses (not shown)

ARTICLESDionysos, Hermes, Seilenos, Nysiades

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