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

Attributed to the Meleager Painter
Late Classical
ca. 390–380 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 13 3/8 in. (34 cm) diameter 14 in. (35.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, satyrs and maenads
Reverse, three youths

The gentrification of the followers of Dionysos on this vase is worth noting. Whereas vases of the late sixth and the first half of the fifth centuries B.C. emphasized the irrational and animal energies of satyrs and maenads, by the turn of the fifth to the fourth century, these figures had become quite sedate.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1410, no. 24, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kathariou, Kleopatra. 2002. "To ergastērio tou zōgraphou tou Meleagrou kai hē epochē tou : paratērēseis stēn attikē keramikē tou prōtou tetartou tou 4 ou ai. p.Ch. Ph.D. diss." Ph.D. Diss. p. 395, fig. 20A. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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