Greek, from the province of Luciana, southern Italy. The Creusa Painter, Volute Krater (mixing vessel) with Ariadne Crowning Dionysos. Red-figure: wheel thrown, slip-decorated earthenware, about 400–380 BCE. 23 ¼ by 17 ¾ inches. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1981.110. Classic Court (Gallery 2)
On this large vessel used to mix wine and water, a young warrior takes leave of his wife and returns from battle victorious. On the side pictured here, Ariadne crowns her husband Dionysos, god of wine, rebirth, and the theater, with a laurel wreath while in a cave. Around them, Pan, the god of the forest, satyrs (part-men, part-goats), and maenads (female followers of Dionysos) prepare for a celebration.
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