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God Dionysos and Satyros Greek Red Figure kylix

Handmade attic red figure kylix depicting Dionysos and a Satyr; replica of the original 5th century BC kylix


 

Handmade attic red figure kylix depicting Dionysos and a Satyr; replica of the original 5th century BC kylix, which is currently on permanent display at the the Altes and Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany. A unique and timeless souvenir from Greece!

In Ancient Greek religion and Mythology Dionysus, also known as Bacchus, was the god of the grape-harvest, winemaking and wine, of fertility, orchards and fruit, vegetation, insanity, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, festivity and theatre. His origins are uncertain, though it is most probable that he was born in Thrace (northern Greece), travelled abroad, and arrived in Greece as a foreigner, evidence from the Mycenaean period of Greek history shows that he is one of Greece's oldest attested gods.

He is most renowned as the god of wine and theatre. Wine played an important role in Greek culture, and the cult of Dionysus was the main religious focus surrounding its consumption. The wine but also the grapes that produced it were seen as not only a gift of the god, but a symbolic incarnation of him on earth. He was not the god of drunkenness, but his cult was mostly focused on the correct consumption of wine, which could ease suffering and bring joy, as well as inspire divine madness distinct from drunkenness.
Performance art and drama were also central to his religion, and its festivals were the initial driving force behind the development of theatre.

In this depiction Dionysus is crowned with a wreath of ivy and holds a fruiting grapevine in one hand and thyrsos (pine-cone tipped staff) in the other, which is both a beneficent wand and a weapon used to destroy those who oppose his cult and the freedoms he represents. He is accompanied by a Satyr playing a double-flute.
According to the Ancient Greek Mythology, a Satyr, also known as Silenos, a male nature spirit with ears and a tail resembling those of a horse, as well as a permanent, exaggerated erection. The Satyrs and the Maenads, his female followers, were the most significant members of the Thiasus, the god's retinue. 
 

Dimensions

26.5 x 35 x 12.5 centimeters
10.43 x 13.78 x 4.92 inches

Material

Clay

Color

Black

€300.00

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