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Fragment of a terracotta bell-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)

Attributed to the Group of Polygnotos
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 450–440 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
Overall: 11 1/4 x 9 3/8in. (28.6 x 23.8cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.229.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Five athletes

The names of the figures were inscribed. Those preserved are Megakles and Euthykles. Representations of athletes afforded artists the opportunity to depict the human body in varying poses. Of note here is the frontal face, which suggests an interest in conveying not only physical appearance but also a state of being.
Inscription: Inscribed: "may Megak[les], d... [e], uthyk[les]"
Jacobsthal, Paul. 1934–1936. "The Nekyia Krater in New York." Metropolitan Museum Studies, 5: pp. 141-42, fig. 21.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. pp. 1054, 1599, no. 58, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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