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Oil flask (lekythos) with maenad with thyrsos

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Maenad standing with thyrsos. [Label text]: A maenad with her thyrsos is depicted on this oil-jar. Maenads were women who had given up their traditional roles as housekeepers and mothers to follow Dionysos, the god of wine and revelry.


By 1924: with E. P. Warren (according to a January 26, 1925, letter from Frank Gearing with the following provenance from Warren: from Selinus); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 4, 1924, for $ 2,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 24.449 -24.453)

Credit Line

Cornelia Prime Lowell Fund

Greek, Late Archaic or Early Classical Period, about 480 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 030.


Height: 32.1 cm (12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World