Terracotta bell-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)
late 5th century B.C.
Other: 8 5/8 x 8 1/8 in. (21.9 x 20.6 cm)
Gift of Samuel G. Ward, 1875
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
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.
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.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1875. Fifth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for the Year ending May 1, 1875. p. 70, New York.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. p. 70, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. no. 1701, p. 127, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 115, 254, pl. 94f, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
Ure, Annie D. 1953. "Boeotian vases with Women's Heads." American Journal of Archaeology, 57(4).