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

Attributed to Polygnotos

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

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.

Terracotta bell-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water), Attributed to Polygnotos, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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