Terracotta volute-krater (mixing bowl)

Attributed to the Baltimore Painter

Period: Late Classical

Date: ca. 330–310 B.C.

Culture: Greek, South Italian, Apulian

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. with handles 30 5/16 in. (77 cm); H. to rim 26 3/4 in. (68 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Purchase, Mrs. James J. Rorimer Gift, 1969

Accession Number: 69.11.7


On the obverse, Paris, the Trojan prince, is seated in the center, dressed in Eastern garb. He listens to Hermes, standing to his right, who has brought the three goddesses to him to be judged. Aphrodite, accompanied by Eros, is in the upper left, seated beside a large box, holding a wreath and a mirror. Hera, holding her scepter, is seated in the upper right on a rock. Athena, directly below Paris, is also seated, leaning on her shield, wearing her helmet and holding a large phiale. Athena is attended by two youths, who, like Paris, are in Eastern costume. In the same register, at the extreme left, a young Pan, resting on a rock, observes the scene.