Terracotta bell-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)
ca. 470–450 B.C.
H. 15 1/4 in. (38.8 cm)
diameter of mouth including rim 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1923
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
In this magnificent vase, the shape and the gloss of its surface are paramount. The lack of figural decoration suggests that, rather than hold wine, it may have contained cold water or snow to chill a wine-filled psykter (vase for cooling wine).
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Athenian Red-Figured Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(5): pp. 128, 132, fig. 2.
Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 8, fig. 63, New York: Plantin Press.