Goddess Athena and Poseidon the god of the sea. She, fully armed with lively aegis, strides towards him while he holds his trident. It may represent the contest held between them for the city of Athens. Above the two, the vase is signed by Amasis.
On the back side, Dionysos is shown with two of his female followers, the Maenads. The bearded god holds in his right hand his signature kantharos. His left hand is stretched towards the Maenads who are clearly in a state of excitement as they present Dionysos with wild animals. The Maenads have their arms around each other. Unusually, their flesh is not painted white but just left outlined in the natural colour of the clay.
The original, attributed to the Amasis Painter,(master of the black-figure technique in Athens) dates to ca 550-530BC, is in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.