Goblet - Styles and Influences
Flanders; 17th/18th c.
This goblet is impressive in its wealth of decoration. The bowl is made of a single circular section of ivory covered with an unbroken frieze of mythical figures. It seems to represent Dionysian revelry. In the background of the upper part of the frieze, in low relief, Baccantes are shown linked in some kind of round dance, making music and pressing grapes. In the foreground satyrs are dancing with men and women, making music, eating, pressing grapes and resting. Beneath their feet are putti in dance positions.