Terracotta calyx-krater (mixing bowl)

Attributed to the Konnakis Group

Period: Late Classical

Date: ca. 350–325 B.C.

Culture: Greek, South Italian, Apulian, Gnathian

Medium: Terracotta; applied color

Dimensions: H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1951

Accession Number: 51.11.2


This calyx-krater is decorated with an actor, known as a phlyax, who wears the characteristic padded costume and grotesque mask. He is masquerading as a reveler with an enormous torch. His skin-tight costume with sleeves and trousers does not quite cover his simulated nudity. An oversize mantle is draped over his left arm, and one has the impression that the actor is about to trip over it.