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Fragment, probably from an amphora

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Pentheus, with a sword in his right hand and a scabbard in his left (both yellow), is attacked by at least four maeanads. He is nude save for a yellow pilos and the cloak over his left arm. One maenad, perhaps Agave, reaches for the king's head with her right hand and holds a thysos in her...

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By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 25, 1986

Credit Line

Dora S. Pintner Fund

Greek, South Italian, Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period, 330–320 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Apulia, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 054.


Height x width: 10.8 x 14.5 cm (4 1/4 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World