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Terracotta bell-krater (mixing bowl)

Connected in style with the Painter of the Long Overfalls
Period:
Late Classical
Date:
ca. 380–360 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of David Nelson, in memory of Mark L. Davison, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.323.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Obverse, satyr and maenad. Reverse, two youths

The representation is interesting because the maenad, asleep in an outdoor setting, recalls the pose of Ariadne when she was found on the island of Naxos by the wine god Dionysos; she had been abandoned there by Theseus. The iconography of an "elevated" mythological subject has been applied to members of Dionysos' retinue.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1985. "One Hundred Fifteenth Annual report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1984 through June 30, 1985." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 115: p. 38.

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