Apulian Red Figure Bell Krater

 

15351. Apulian Red Figure Bell Krater

Circa 4th century BC

An inverted ceramic bell shape with twin handles under the rim and used in the symposium as a wine and water mixing vessel.

Decorated with added white and ochre slip in the red figure technique. Obverse decorate with Eros running to right and holding a timpanum and casket. Reverse has a standing draped female; she runs left and holds a casket (box) in her raised hand and a sash in the other. Both scenes are on a on a wavy ground line and there are palmette leaves to the sides.

Size: 9 inches H. x 10-1/4 inches W.

Provenance: Sothebys London, December 8th 1980, lot 15, acquired by Richard J. Bell, San Francisco; sold Sothebys Antiquities and Islamic Art, November 25, 1987 Sale 5640, Lot 527 (accompanied by copy of catalog listing); Ex estate of Ben Smith, Newnan, Georgia.

$7,500

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