Bell–krater (mixing bowl), ca. 360–350 b.c.; red–figure
Attributed to Python
Greek, South Italian, Paestan
Terracotta; Diam. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 1989 (1989.11.4)
Obverse: Dionysos and maenad in a cart drawn by Papposilenos
Reverse: two youths
The phlyax scene shows a youthful Dionysos, god of wine, and a flute-playing companion riding a wheeled couch. The draught is provided by an old silenos wearing a fleecy costume under a fawn skin. The inscription above his head reads "Hubris." The drawing and polychromy, at once fluent and disciplined, represent Python at his best.