Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Dionysos
An ancient Attic Greek red-figure kylix by the Tarquinia Painter, with a disk foot and lateral handles. In the tondo, Dionysos wears a garland, reclines on a wine skin, and drinks from a phiale. On the exterior six nude athletes train for the long jump with weighted halteres in their hands. An Etruscan graffito under the foot names the ancient owner, "Fikhines."
The Tarquinia Painter, is the name given to an accomplished and prolific Athenian red-figure vase painter who flourished ca. 470-460 BC after a vase found in an Etruscan tomb in Tuscany: Tarquinia RC 1121, in the Museo Nazionale Tarquiniese (Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum II, pl. 22.1). Symposiats and athletes were among the artist's favorite subjects.
cf.: Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, no. 126059.
Formerly in the F.B. collection, Zurich, 1970's.