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

Period:
Classical
Date:
late 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Boeotian
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 9 3/16 in. (23.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur L. Gale, 1949
Accession Number:
49.94.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, two youths with thyrsoi (fennel stalks topped with ivy)
Reverse, youth with a thyrsos, youth with a cup (?)

In mainland Greece, thyrsoi tend to be associated with maenads. Since the youths wear wreaths, they are clearly in a Dionysiac mode.
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