Terracotta bell-krater (mixing bowl)

Attributed to Python

Period: Late Classical

Date: ca. 360–350 B.C.

Culture: Greek, South Italian, Paestan

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: diameter 14 1/2in. (36.8cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 1989

Accession Number: 1989.11.4


The phlyax scene shows a youthful Dionysos, god of wine, and a flute-playing companion riding a wheeled couch. The draught is provided by an old silenos wearing a fleecy costume under a fawn skin. The inscription above his head reads "Hubris." The drawing and polychromy, at once fluent and disciplined, represent Python at his best.