T50.4 DIONYSUS & SILENUS
|Museum Collection||British Museum, London|
|Catalogue No.||London 1772,0320.661|
|Beazley Archive No.||N/A|
|Ware||Paestan Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to Asteas|
|Date||ca. 360 - 340 B.C.|
Dionysus reaches to place eggs (or fruit) in a basket balanced on the head of a comic actor playing Silenus. The god of wine wears a draped robe, beaded shoes and a headband bound with ivy. The actor has a large nose, wide eyes, broad mouth, white hair and a pointed beard, and is clothed in a full body-suit with a pot belly and dangling phallus (cf. image T50.3).
Detail of Silenus.