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

Period:
Classical
Date:
late 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Boeotian
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
Other: 8 5/8 x 8 1/8 in. (21.9 x 20.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel G. Ward, 1875
Accession Number:
75.2.17
  • Description

    Obverse, head of a woman
    Reverse, palmette

    Although the significance of these representations is not known, and would have varied from region to region, the motif of a woman's head was extraordinarily widespread in the Greek world during the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. It is noteworthy also that there was no male counterpart.

  • Provenance

    Said to have been found in the vicinity of Athens

    Before 1874, found in the vicinity Athens; briefly, with Professor Athanasios Sergiou Rhousopoulos, Athens; by 1874, purchased by Samuel G. Ward from Prof. A.S. Rhousopoulos, Athens; acquired 1875, gift of Samuel G. Ward.

  • References

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 70.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 115, 254, pl. 94f.

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