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Terracotta bell-krater (mixing bowl)

Attributed to Python
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 350–325 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Paestan
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 12 1/16 in. (30.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, Jane Blaffer Owen Gift, in memory of Sarah Campbell Blaffer, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.11.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, seated Dionysos
Reverse, satyr with phiale

The two sides of the vase are complementary: Dionysos receiving the offering from his satyr-attendant. The depiction of the wine god as a handsome youth is thoroughly South Italian. His special quality is further emphasized in that a tendril suffices to support his weight.
Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia no. 109, pp. 226, 228, 234-35, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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