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Greek Apulian Red-Figure Bell Krater - Nike, Satyr

Magna Graecia, Apulian, ca. 340 to 310 BCE. A sizeable bell krater, decorated via the red figure technique. Side A presents a winged Nike dressed in a beautifully delineated himation, a beaded necklace, drop earrings, and a diadem - sitting upon a rock outcropping and holding a large tympanum, with a filet before her. Side B depicts a dancing satyr engaged in a dynamic pose that implies lively movement, holding a lit torch in his right hand an a tympanum in his left. Stylized palmette leaves adorn the areas below the upturned handles; a register of laurel leaves is painted just below the rim, and a band of repeated wave motifs underscores the groundline of the figural scenes. Size: 9" W handlespan x 9.125" H (22.9 cm x 23.2 cm)

Handsome bell kraters like this example were made to be used at a symposium or by someone aspiring to host one. Interestingly, in ancient Greek society, people mixed their wine with water, because drinking undiluted wine was frowned upon as it was thought to be the practice of a drunkard.

Condition: Normal surface wear commensurate with age. Areas intended to be black turned red due to misfiring in ancient times. This said, the imagery is still very good.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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