Terracotta bell-krater (mixing bowl)

Attributed to Python

Period: Classical

Date: ca. 350–325 B.C.

Culture: Greek, South Italian, Paestan

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. 12 1/16 in. (30.7 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Purchase, Jane Blaffer Owen Gift, in memory of Sarah Campbell Blaffer, 1976

Accession Number: 1976.11.5


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.