Terracotta bell-krater (mixing bowl)

Attributed to Asteas

Period: Late Classical

Date: ca. 360–350 B.C.

Culture: Greek, South Italian, Paestan

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1962

Accession Number: 62.11.3


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.