Terracotta calyx-krater (mixing bowl)

Attributed to the Konnakis Group

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161

Obverse, phlyax (comic actor)
Reverse, vine

Phlyax vases are characterized by the representation of a rustic comic figure wearing a short garment padded in front and behind, a large phallos, and tights. Phlyax plays parodied tragic drama or the Greek gods and heroes, or they focused on ridiculous aspects of daily life. The emphasis on color in Gnathian vases heightens the jollity of the actor here, who wears the mask of a slave and brandishes a torch.

Terracotta calyx-krater (mixing bowl), Attributed to the Konnakis Group, Terracotta, Greek, South Italian, Apulian, Gnathian

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