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

Attributed to Polion

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159

Obverse, chorus of satyrs
Reverse, youths

The inscription "singers at the Panathenaia" offers some explanation of the subject on the obverse. Three Papposilenoi—old satyrs—hold lyres and move toward a man with a pair of flutes. These are costumed performers who played some part in the festival that took place annually in honor of Athena, the patron goddess of Athens.

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

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