Fragment of a krater (mixing bowl)

Early Classical Period
about 460 B.C.
Painter the Berlin-Beazley Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


7 x 6.8 cm (2 3/4 x 2 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Fragment of a bell krater at top of the figure zone.
Head, in profile to left, of Athena with most of aegis and upper right arm preserved. She has her hair bound up and wears a lotus-bud earring. Staring gorgon and snaky edges decorate the scaled aegis. Top edge of scene preserved.
[Label text]:
This fragment preserves the head of Athena from the top edge of a painted scene on a krater. Athena wears the aegis, a protective cape decorated with terrifying head of the gorgon Medusa.


Said to be from Tarentum; by 1968: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., September 11, 1968

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund