Red-Figure Cup Showing the Death of Pentheus (exterior) and a Maenad (interior)Red-Figure Cup Showing the Death of Pentheus (exterior) and a Maenad (interior)
Greek (active c. 500–460 B.C.)
Late Archaic period (500–480 B.C.)
c. 480 B.C.
H. 5 in. (12.7 cm); Diam. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
On the exterior of this cup, one of the finest surviving vases of the early Classical period, we witness the gruesome death of Pentheus, a mythical king of Thebes who had offended the god Dionysos by denying his divinity and forbidding his worship.