Bell krater

Greek, Sicilian
Late Classical Period
about 400–380 B.C.
The Chequer Group

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Sicily


Height: 36.2 cm (14 1/4 in.); diameter: 37.7 cm (14 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Side A: Symposium scene: youth wearing long scarf reclining on a couch with a striped cushion behind him. In front of him sits a woman, her head thrown back, a bracelet around her right arm. At left, Eros stands playing double flute. On table below, eggs and fruit. Side B: Seated satyr at left, thyrsus in right hand wineskin in left. In center, bearded Dionysos moves to right, thyrsus in left hand, pursuing maenad at right, who holds thyrsus in her left hand.


By 1989: with Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA (Sotheby's auction, December 11, 1989, lot 177); purchased at the Sotheby's auction by Peter and Mary Lee Aldrich; partial gift to MFA from Peter and Mary Lee Aldrich, December 1995; accessioned, January 24, 1996

Credit Line

Partial gift of Peter and Mary Lee Aldrich