Terracotta bell-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)
Attributed to the Kekrops Painter
ca. 410–400 B.C.
H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
diameter of mouth 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm)
diameter of foot 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1956
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Obverse, bull being sacrificed Reverse, torch race
The scenes on the krater probably refer to an Athenian festival dedicated to the god Hephaistos. An inscription indicates that the festival was either founded or reorganized about 421/420 B.C. Although little is known about it, the events included a torch race and the sacrifice of bulls, possibly by the victors in the race.
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