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Pentheus dismembered by Agave & the Bacchants | Greek vase, Athenian red figure kylix

K12.26 THE SPARAGMOS OF PENTHEUS

Museum Collection: Kimball Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Museum Catalogue Number: TBA
Beazley Archive Number: TBA
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Shape: Kylix
Painter: Attributed to Douris
Date: ca 480 BC
Period: Early Classical

SUMMARY

King Pentheus of Thebes is torn limb from limb by the crazed Mainades of Dionysos. The two central figures, draped in panther skins and holding the king's body, are the sisters Aguae (mother of Pentheus) and Autonoe. A third Mainas holds a severed foot. One of Dionysos' satyroi oversees the sparagmos (ritual dismemberment).

ARTICLESDionysos, Satyroi

 
 
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