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Bell krater (Paestan red-figure ware)
350 BCE-325 BCE

40.0 × 38.7 × 38.6 cm
Place/s of Execution
Paestum, Italy
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by Mr and Mrs Graham Geddes, 1992
Gallery location
The Ancient World
Level 2, NGV International
Large, footed, wide-mouthed vessel of inverted bell shape, decorated with black glaze and red-figure scenes. Side A: to the left a seated youth, wearing a headband and cloak around his lower torso and holding a white staff, offers a white mask to a satyr facing him, who wears only an animal skin. The satyr is short and hairy- the hair indicated by white strokes. Above them is the bust of a woman holding a thyrsos. White for thyrsoi, woman's flesh. Side B: two draped youths. Below the rim is a band of laurel. Under the handles are palmettes flanked by discrete side tendrils and fans. Under the scenes is a wave pattern.