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Red-Figure Wine Server (Dinos) with Abduction of Europa

Attributed To The Darius Painter Workshop
Culture Greek
Title Red-Figure Wine Server (Dinos) with Abduction of Europa
Date 340–320 BCE
Medium Terracotta
Dimensions Base (height of stand): 10 13/16 in. (27.5 cm)
Overall (of dinos (without stand)): 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 80.27.2

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About this Work

This vase, which concerns Zeus’s abduction of Europa, is not really a presentation of the narrative; rather, it assumes knowledge of the events and presents the characters involved in an elegant procession. Zeus, in the form of a white and red bull, carries Europa across a stretch of water. They are led by Eros, god of love, and followed by cavorting nymphs who ride various sea animals. The scene is beautifully decorative—with an interesting emphasis on jewelry. The movement of the procession draws the viewer around the masterfully formed pot, which would have been used for cooling and mixing wine.

1980, Indiana University Art Museum purchase from Robin Symes Limited, London, England

?–1980, with Robin Symes Limited, London, England [1]


[1] Robin Symes (b. 1939) operated as an art and antiquities dealer in London from about 1970. Robin Symes Limited was founded in 1977 and dissolved in 2005.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

February 8, 2014–March 15, 2015, "Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult and Daily Life," Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE, February 8–May 11, 2014; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, June 14–November 30, 2014; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, January 17–March 15, 2015

May 12, 1982–April 10, 1983, "The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia," Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

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