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Bell krater (Paestan red-figure ware)
360 BCE

35.6 × 34.6 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Paestum, Italy
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1980
© Public Domain
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Gallery location
The Ancient World
Level 2, NGV International
Large, wide-mouthed vessel of inverted bell shape with two short, up-turned handles, one on each side of the body. Decorated in black glaze and red figure. Side A: Dionysus and Maenad, the Maenad on the right leaning on a pillar and holding thyrsus and a comic mask of an old man. Dionysus is naked except for a draped cloak and wreath. Side B: two draped youths. Below the handles, palmettes and side scrolls. Below the rim is a band of laurel and below the scenes is a band of wave pattern.