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Bell krater (Paestan red-figure ware)
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
© Public Domain
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Gallery location
The Ancient World
Level 2, NGV International
Physical description
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.