K12.19 THE FOSTERING OF DIONYSUS
|Museum Collection||Gregorian Etruscan Museum, Vatican City|
|Catalogue No.||Vatican 559|
|Beazley Archive No.||214232|
|Ware||Attic Red Figure (White Ground)|
|Painter||Attributed to the Phiale Painter|
|Date||ca 440 - 435 B.C.|
Side A: Hermes delivers the infant Dionysus to the foster care of Silenus and the Nysiad Nymphs. The old, white-haired Silen is seated on a rock draped with a leopard-skin. He has the ears and tail of an ass and holds a thyrsos (pine-cone tipped staff). The seated Nysiad holds a flowering plant.
Side B: The Muses (not shown).
Dionysus, Hermes, Silenus, Nysiades