Bell–krater (mixing bowl), ca. 350–325 b.c.; red–figure
Attributed to Python
Greek, South Italian, Paestan
Terracotta; H. 12 1/16 in. (30.7 cm)
Purchase, Jane Blaffer Owen Gift, in memory of Sarah Campbell Blaffer, 1976 (1976.11.5)
Obverse: seated Dionysos
Reverse: satyr with phiale
The two sides of the vase are complementary: Dionysos receiving the offering from his satyr-attendant. The depiction of the wine god as a handsome youth is thoroughly South Italian. His special quality is further emphasized in that a tendril suffices to support his weight.