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

Attributed to the Dinos Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159

Obverse, Tydeus, Aktaion, Theseus, Kastor
Reverse, three youths

On the obverse the focus is Aktaion—the hunter who, because he came upon the goddess Artemis bathing, was turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds. The dog provides the only allusion to the canonical story, however, for Aktaion appears here in a peaceful gathering with three other mythical heroes in the guise of hunters.

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