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

Attributed to the Persephone Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159

Above, obverse, Odysseus pursuing Circe; reverse, women and king
Below, obverse, man between women; reverse, youth and women

The primary and most interesting scene on this two-row krater shows Odysseus pursuing the enchantress Circe. In the air between them are Circe's magic wand and the skyphos (deep drinking cup) that contains the potion with which she transforms men into animals. Behind Odysseus, two of his men with features of a boar and a horse or mule gesticulate toward him. The pursuit may also be mythological.

Terracotta calyx-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water), Attributed to the Persephone Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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Above, Odysseus pursuing Circe; below, man between women.