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Terracotta bell-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)

Attributed to the Persephone Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 440 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 16 1/8 in. (41 cm); diameter of mouth 17 7/8 in. (45.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.57.23
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153
Obverse, the ascension of Persephone from the underworld
Reverse, libation scene

Persephone, the daughter of the goddess Demeter, was condemned to spend half of each year with Hades, the ruler of the underworld. In this grandiose representation, Persephone ascends to earth through a rocky outcrop. She is guided by Hermes, the divine messenger, and Hekate, a goddess of fertility, magic, and dark things who typically carries torches. At the far right stands the regal Demeter, waiting to receive her daughter and the renewal of life that her return engendered.
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