Attic red-figure bell-krater showing a sacrifice scene - ROM2012_12615_1


Attic red-figure bell-krater showing a sacrifice scene

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted
Geography: Made in Athens, Greece; probably found in Nola, Campania, Italy
Date: about 430-400 BC
Period: Greek Classical period
28.3 × 30.5 cm
Object number: 967.153
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece

This large bowl for mixing water and wine (krater) is decorated in red-figure technique. 

The scene on one side shows three men wearing laurel wreaths offering sacrifices to a wreathed herm (a sculpture with just a head and genitals on a square pillar which usually represents the bearded god Hermes) standing in front of a column. The man at the front of the procession carries a tray of offerings. beside him is a square altar covered in a cloth and behind him on the wall is a bucrania (bull's head). Next comes a man carrying sprigs of corn, and the man behind him carries a krater on his shoulder and an oinochoe (jug) in his hand ready to pour out wine offerings. Above the head of the second man is an inscription painted in white which reads Kalos Psolon (beautiful Psolon).

On the other side of the vase stand three young men wearing cloaks.

This vase is painted by an artist near to the Dinos Painter according to Hayes and Beazley 

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