Terracotta bell-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)
late 5th century B.C.–early 4th century B.C.
Height: 13 3/4in. (34.9cm), Diam.: 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1962
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Ariadne and two satyrs Reverse, three youths
Ariadne is often recognizable through her recumbent position. She was asleep when Theseus abandoned her on the island of Naxos. And she is often depicted as reclining with Dionysos. The presence of two satyrs indicates her identity here. She reclines under a vine arbor, another reminder of Dionysos. It is interesting that one of the satyrs carries a torch, suggesting a night scene. The other holds a lyre, which may refer to the theater.