Apulian Red-Figure Bell Krater

SKU PF.0024
Circa

400 BC to 300 BC

Dimensions

12.75″ (32.4cm) high x 14″ (35.6cm) wide

Medium

Terracotta

Origin

Magna Graecia

Gallery Location

USA


 

This beautiful vessel once held wine, and was eventually buried as a tomb offering. On one side a youth is flanked by two maidens, one of who places a wreath on his head. On the other, three youths converse with each other. One of them holds a strigil, used in the gymnasium to scrape oil off the skin. Though these are only painted images, we feel they offer us a glimpse of the vanished world of antiquity. This vase, which delights us as it surely did its original owners, links us directly with that world.

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