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Terracotta bell-krater (mixing bowl)

Attributed to the Pisticci Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 430–410 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Lucanian
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
12 5/16in. (31.3cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
96.18.57
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, satyr and maenad at a herm
Reverse, three draped youths

The Pisticci Painter is significant as the artist with whom the introduction of red-figure painting into Lucania is connected. As this work indicates, he was well familiar with Attic conventions. Of note in this representation is the kerykeion (herald's staff) on the side of the herm. The kerykeion is one of the attributes of Hermes, the messenger god who also presided over boundaries. The addition of this symbol emphasizes the presence of Hermes in the scene, even though he is not actually depicted.
Lullies, Reinhard. 1931. "Die Typen der Griechischen Herme, Ph.D. Diss.." Ph.D. Diss. p. 29 n. 52. Königsberg Pr.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 116, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Rückert, Birgit. 1998. "Die Herme im öffentlichen und privaten Leben der Griechen : Untersuchungen zur Funktion der griechischen Herme als Grenzmal, Inschriftenträger und Kulturbild des Hermes." Ph.D. Diss. pp. 262 no. 151, 270 no. 204. S. Roderer Verlag.

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