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

Attributed to Polygnotos

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 450–440 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/16 in. (36 cm); diameter of mouth 15 1/16 in. (38.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.88.73
  • Description

    Obverse, kitharode and three male listeners
    Reverse, three youths

    The principal scene shows a young man performing for three listeners. The instrument is a kithara, the type of lyre used for formal presentation. The artist's concern is to convey the response of each figure, from the deep introversion of the seated man to the gesture of the person behind him. This representation is characteristically classical in its emphasis on a state of being rather than on a narrative event.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed: "Nikomas" (perhaps for Nichomachos) is handsome"

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Italy

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 100, 240, pl. 80g.

    Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd edn. Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 1029, 1602, no. 20.

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