Bell–krater (mixing bowl), ca. 360–350 b.c.; red–figure
Attributed to Asteas
Greek, South Italian, Paestan
Terracotta; H. 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1962 (62.11.3)
Obverse: Dionysos and satyr
Reverse: two youths
Asteas was the leading painter of Paestan vases, with a considerable production and workshop. This early work depicts the wine god Dionysos and a satyr who precedes him holding a kantharos (drinking cup) and a torch, now mostly lost. The satyr is human except for his ears, and the whole composition distantly echoes that of the famous statue group of the Tyrannicides.