Art/ Collection/ Art Object

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

Attributed to Polygnotos
ca. 450–440 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 14 3/16 in. (36 cm); diameter of mouth 15 1/16 in. (38.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
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.
Inscription: Inscribed: "Nikomas" (perhaps for Nichomachos) is handsome"
Said to be from Italy

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Athenian Pottery: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(11): p. 256.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 100, 240, pl. 80g, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. pp. 1029, 1602, no. 20, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Matheson, Susan B. 1995. Polygnotos and Vase Painting in Classical Athens. p. 22, pl. 47, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin.

Related Objects

Terracotta pelike (jar)

Artist: Attributed to Polygnotos Date: ca. 450–440 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 45.11.1 On view in:Gallery 172

Terracotta bell-krater (mixing bowl)

Artist: Attributed to the Painter of New York GR 1000 Date: ca. 350–325 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 96.18.25 On view in:Gallery 161

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

Artist: Attributed to the Kekrops Painter Date: ca. 410–400 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 56.171.49 On view in:Gallery 159

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

Artist: Attributed to the Persephone Painter Date: ca. 440 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 28.57.23 On view in:Gallery 153

Pair of terracotta volute-kraters (vases for mixing wine and water) with stands

Artist: Date: 3rd quarter of the 4th century B.C.
Accession Number: 1995.53.1a, b
Date: 3rd quarter of the 4th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 1995.53.1a, b On view in:Gallery 160