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Greek Attic black-figure ceramic plate depicting God Dionysus in a ship (24cm)

Handmade greek Attic black-figure ceramic plate depicting God Dionysus in a ship, sailing among dolphins.

Handmade greek Attic black-figure ceramic plate depicting God Dionysus in a ship, sailing among dolphins. A replica of the renowned Dionysus Cup, the most famous ancient kylix dating to 540–530 BC. It is one of the masterpieces of the Attic Black-figure potter Exekias and one of the most significant works of ancient greek art, which is currently on permanent display at the Staatliche Antikensammlungen Museum in Munich, Germany. A lovely 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.

The scene probably depicts a seventh-century BC Homeric Hymn in which Dionysus was kidnapped by Etruscan pirates, who were unaware of his identity. The god confuses their thoughts by making grapevines to grow all over the ship. As a result the pirates frightened, jump into the water, where they transform into dolphins.


24 x 24 x 2 centimeters
9.45 x 9.45 x 0.79 inches





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