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 Hybrisstas - Poseidon or Zeus ?
 Tryphon - Head flask in the form of a smiling negro head
 Anonymous - Plaque in cameo glass : satyr holding out a bunch of grapes to the child Dionysus
 Anonymous - The Esquiline patera
 Anonymous - The Bacchus of the via del Babuino
 Petit Palais Painter 336 - Lekythoi with a bistre background
 Polykleitos (after) - Ephebe from the Fins d’Annecy
 Anonymous - Calyx-Krater : Herakles in the garden of the Hesperides
 Dutuit painter - Oinochoe with a trefoil-shaped mouth
 Colmar painter (decoration attributed to the) - Mule rhyton

Mule rhyton

Colmar painter (decoration attributed to the)
Production : Athens
Circa 500-480 BC
Provenance : Capua
Ceramic with red figures, white and red highlights
H. : 25 cm

The rhyton, an Eastern banqueting tradition borrowed by the Greeks, appeared in Athens in the early 5th century B.C. It was the drinking vase of Dionysos and the heroes, and when used during the banquets of the Athenian elite it associated the drinker with the heroic world and its values.

The rhyton decorated by the Colmar Painter belongs to the first generation of these vases produced in Athens.

The artist, whose real name is unknown to us, is named after one of his works, a cup conserved at the Schongauer Museum in Colmar. During his very long career, which continued until the 470’s B.C., he mainly devoted his time to decorating cups.The rhyton at the Petit Palais is the only one that we can attribute to him. He has left us scenes full of life, treated with equal amounts of delicacy and vivacity. Enthused by the study of movement, he had a particular preferences for three-quarter and rear views. It is in this spirit that he depicts a young banqueter “armed” with a drinking horn and amphora, dancing between the ears of the dionysiac mule, perfectly if somewhat precariously balanced, with his white-haired companion, rejuvenated by the spirit of the banquet.

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Inventory number : ADUT00376
Acquisition details : Dutuit bequest, 1902
Room 34. The Greek World
The Classical World
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