Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta calyx-krater (mixing bowl)

Attributed to the Dolon Painter
Late Classical
ca. 400–390 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Lucanian
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 12 1/16 in. (30.6 cm) diameter 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Obverse, scene from a phlyax play. Reverse, three youths

The representation shows a stage structure at the far right and the characters of a phlyax play, a type of farce favored in Southern Italy. A recent interpretation characterizes the two male figures in the center as accomplices about to steal the hag's goose and kid or to defy her threats to turn them in. Written in Attic Greek, the inscriptions indicate that the farce originated in mainland Greece but do not explain the story. Formerly attributed to the Tarporley Painter, a major Apulian master, the vase is now recognized as Lucanian under Apulian influence.
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