South Italian Funerary Vase, between 320 and 310 BCE

  • Baltimore Painter, Greek, 400-300


  • Framed: Overall: 45 3/8 × 25 × 19 15/16 inches (115.3 × 63.5 × 50.7 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Hill Memorial Fund, William H. Murphy Fund, Dr. and Mrs. Arthur R. Bloom Fund and Antiquaries Fund


On View

  • Ancient Greek and Roman S2AA
  • Ancient Greek and Roman S2AA


Greco-Roman and Ancient European

  • Mythology
  • Geometric motifs
  • Clay
  • Base
  • Earthenware
  • Figures (representations)
  • Naiskos
  • Vase
  • Krater
  • Apulia
  • Animals
  • Gods
  • Horses
  • Dionysus

Intended to serve as a funerary offering, this volute krater, set in its own stand, was created in a Greek colony in southeastern Italy. On front of the krater, an image of the deceased with his horse is shown as part of a funerary monument. Above is a scene of banqueting. The colonial artist, in a style characteristically his own, has densely packed the reverse surface of the vessel with a complex assembly of the major deities of the Greek pantheon. Zeus, enthroned in the center, is flanked by gods and goddesses identified by the attributes they hold. Below Dionysus and Ariadne ride in a chariot drawn by two panthers. Greeks and Amazons battle above.


1983, (Emile Deletaille Antiquaire, Brussels, Belgium); 1983-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Trendall, A.D. and A. Cambitoglou. "First Supplement to The Red-Figured Vases of Apulia," Institute of Classical Studies Bulletin Supplement no. 42. University of London, 1983, p. 152, no. 23c. "La Chronique des Arts, Principales Acquisitions des Musees en 1984," Gazette des Beaux-arts, Supplement, no. 1394 (March 1985): pl. 150. 100 Masterworks from the Detroit Institute of Arts. DIA. Detroit, p. 34-5 (ill.). "Family Art Game: Celebrations," The Detroit Free Press (May 17, 1987): p. 25 (ill.) [DIA Advertising Supplement]. Henshaw, Julia P., ed. A Visitors Guide: The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1995, p. 112 (ill.). "DIA Art Game: Art Speaks," The Detroit Free Press (April 26, 1998): p. 5.

Rights Status

attributed to Baltimore Painter, South Italian Funerary Vase, between 320 and 310 BCE, clay. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Hill Memorial Fund, William H. Murphy Fund, et al., 1983.25.