Terracotta bell-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)
Attributed to the Painter of the Louvre Centauromachy
mid-fifth century B.C.
Other: 13 1/4 × 16 in. (33.7 × 40.6 cm)
Diameter: 15 × 6 1/4 in. (38.1 × 15.9 cm)
Gift of Sylvia de Cuevas, 2013
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
With only three figures and carefully selected and rendered details - the musical instruments, the drinking cup, the boots on the floor, the representation captures and characterizes a Classical symposium. The scene is noteworthy for its gravity.
[By 1942, with Alfred Spero, London]; until 1962, collection of Hagop Kevorkian, New York; December 15, 1962, sold through Parke-Bernet, New York (Hagop Kevorkian sale, lot 239); collection of Alexander Iolas, New York; until 2013, collection of Iolas’ niece, Sylvia de Cuevas, née Iola, New York; acquired in 2013, gift of Sylvia de Cuevas.
Mertens, Joan R., Dr. 2014. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2012-2014." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 72(2): p. 6-7.