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

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

Attributed to the Nikias Painter
late 5th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm)
diameter 13 3/8 in. (33.9 cm)
width with handles 14 5/16 in. (36.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, sacrifice at an altar
Reverse, three youths

The altar is stacked with wood to burn the meat offering, prepared on skewers and being carried by attendants on either side. The other two attendants carry a tray and a basket. The recipient of the sacrifice is not identified. The laurel tree behind the altar might indicate Apollo.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 15, Gallatin pl. 25.5–.6, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1333, no. 12, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Rupp, David. 1980. "Altars as Funerary Monuments on Attic White Lekythoi." American Journal of Archaeology, 84(4): p. 527 n. 44.

De Cesare, Monica. 1997. Le statue in immagine: Studi sulle raffigurazioni di statue nella pittura vascolare greca, Studia archaeologica, Vol. 88. cat. no. 476, p. 188, pl. 122, Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider.