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

Attributed to a painter of the Group of Polygnotos

Period: Classical

Date: ca. 440–430 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
diameter of mouth 14 9/16 in. (37 cm)
diameter of foot 6 9/16 in. (16.7 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1956

Accession Number: 56.171.48


When Theseus made his way from Troizen to Attica, he performed a number of feats, including the capture of a bull that had been ravaging the region around Marathon; he sacrificed the bull to Apollo. Here the two protagonists move gracefully in unison, much like their counterparts on the south frieze of the Parthenon.