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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Title:Terracotta bell-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)
Artist:Attributed to the Dinos Painter
Date:ca. 420 BCE
Dimensions:H. 6 5/16 in. (16 cm)
Credit Line:Gift of Christos G. Bastis, 1966
Inscription: The names of the figures are inscribed.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December 17, 1959–February 28, 1960. no. 230, pp. 58–59, pl. 86, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 457, Oxford: Clarendon Press.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1975. "Greek and Roman Art." Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art), No. 1965/1975: p. 125.
Moret, J.-M. 1984. Œdipe, la Sphinx et les thébains: essai de mythologie iconographique, Bibliotheca Helvetica Romana 23, 2 vols. p. 82, n. 10, Rome: Institut suisse de Rome.
Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1986. Vol. 3: Atherion-Eros. "Dioskourai," p. 588, no. 252, pl. 477, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.
von Bothmer, Dietrich, Bernard V. Bothmer, Pat Getz-Preziosi, Diana Buitron-Oliver, and Andrew Oliver, Jr. 1987. Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, Emma Swan Hall, ed. no. G, pp. 326–27, Mainz on Rhine: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.
Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1994. Vol. 7: Oidipous-Theseus. "Theseus," pp. 946–47, no. 302, pl. 666, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.
Tiverios, Michalis A. 2009. "Minotaur, Apsyrtos or Androgeos, the ‘KATA PRYMNAN HEROS’? The Dinos Painter’s bell krater in Gela once again." Zurück zum gegenstand: Festschrift für Andreas Furtwängler, Vol. 1, Ralph Einicke, ed. p. 279 n. 36, Langenweissbach: Beier & Beran.
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