Terracotta bell-krater (mixing bowl)

Attributed to the Pisticci Painter

Period: Classical

Date: ca. 430–410 B.C.

Culture: Greek, South Italian, Lucanian

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: 12 5/16in. (31.3cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Purchase by subscription, 1896

Accession Number: 96.18.57


The Pisticci Painter is significant because he is connected with the introduction of red-figure vase painting into Lucania. As this work indicates, he was well familiar with Attic conventions. Of note in this representation is the kerykeion (herald's staff) on the side of the herm. The kerykeion is one of the attributes of Hermes, the messenger god who also presided over boundaries. The addition of this symbol emphasizes the presence of Hermes in the scene, even though he is not actually depicted.