The Voyage of Dionysus, detail from an ancient Attic black-figure kylix with the Voyage of Dionysus, dated to 550-530 B.C., with God Dionysus on a ship with a vine strung on the mast of the ship. The representation of the ship is made of copper, coated in silver solution 999°, mounted on a wooden box.
Dimensions: 21,5cm x 13cm x 5cm
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Dionysus was the god of fertility of nature and wine. He was considered as the patron of the theater and the arts. According to mythology, he is the son of Zeus and Semele. He spread the art of tending grapes and traveled the world, encouraging his cult. In his trips, he was usually accompanied by a troop of Satyrs and Mainades.
Many festivals were held in owner of God Dionysus, such as the City Dionysia, the Rural Dionysia, the Anthesteria and the Lenaia. One of the famous myths featuring the god was the metamorphosis of the Tyrrhenian pirates into dolphins when they attempted to kidnap him and sell him as a slave.
The depiction of the voyage of Dionysus on an ancient Attic black-figure kylix is made by the ancient greek painter Exekias. The kylix is dated to 550-530 B.C. and is at the Staatliche Antikensammlungen Museum in Munich, in Germany.
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