Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

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

Attributed to the Kekrops Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 410–400 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.49
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.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(7): pp. 166, 179.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1347, no. 3, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Cole, Nancy. 1968. Greek Athletic Games. no. 4, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gebauer, Jörg. 2002. Pompe und Thysia: Attische Tieropferdarstellungen auf schwarz- und rotfigurigen Vasen. pp. 152–53, 201–2, 206, 250, fig. 101, Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.

Kaltsas, Nikolaos. 2004. Agon no. 124, pp. 234–35, Athens: Hellenic Ministry of Culture.

Related Objects

Terracotta bell-krater (mixing bowl)

Date: ca. 350–325 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 96.18.25 On view in:Gallery 161

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

Date: ca. 440 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 28.57.23 On view in:Gallery 153

Pair of terracotta volute-kraters (vases for mixing wine and water) with stands

Date: 3rd quarter of the 4th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 1995.53.1a, b On view in:Gallery 160

Pair of terracotta volute-kraters (vases for mixing wine and water) with stands

Date: 3rd quarter of the 4th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 1995.53.2a, b On view in:Gallery 160

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

Date: ca. 550 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 31.11.11 On view in:Gallery 155