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

36.6 × 33.5 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Campania, Italy
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1973
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Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International
Large, wide-mouthed vessel of inverted bell-shape with a tall foot, and two short loop handles on either side of the body. Decorated in black-glaze and red-figured scenes. Side A: A scene from a phylax play; two padded and masked actors on a stage with steps, one (central) carrying a torch, the other, an old man carrying a sickle. To the left at ground level is a female flute player. To the left on the stage is a building. Side B: Two youths in cloaks, one holding grapes, the other a spear; in the field halteres and phiale. Under the rim is a band of laurel. Below the scenes is a wave pattern band.