Terracotta bell-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)

Attributed to the Persephone Painter

Period: Classical

Date: ca. 440 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. 16 1/8 in. (41 cm); diameter of mouth 17 7/8 in. (45.4 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1928

Accession Number: 28.57.23


Persephone, the daughter of the goddess Demeter, was condemned to spend half of each year with Hades, the ruler of the underworld. In this grandiose representation, Persephone ascends to earth through a rocky outcrop. She is guided by Hermes, the divine messenger, and Hekate, a goddess of fertility, magic, and dark things who typically carries torches. At the far right stands the regal Demeter, waiting to receive her daughter and the renewal of life that her return engendered.