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

Attributed to the Kekrops Painter

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 410–400 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm) diameter of mouth 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm) diameter of foot 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.49
  • Description

    Obverse, bull being sacrificed
    Reverse, torch race

    The scenes on the krater probably refer to an Athenian festival dedicated to the god Hephaistos. An inscription indicates that the festival was either founded or reorganized about 421/420 B.C. Although little is known about it, the events included a torch race and the sacrifice of bulls, possibly by the victors in the race.

  • References

    Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd edn. Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 1347, no. 3.

    Cole, Nancy. 1968. Greek Athletic Games. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 4.

    Kaltsas, Nikolaos. 2004. Agon Athens: Hellenic Ministry of Culture, no. 124, pp. 234-35.

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