Mixing bowl (bell krater) with sacrifice scene

Classical Period
late 5th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 168.


Height: 41 cm (16 1/8 in.); diameter: 41.7 cm (16 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure technique

Not On View


The Ancient World



Side A: A sacrifice. An altar of rough stones; behind it a priest about to wash his hands in a basin held by a youth who carries also a basket. At the left a youth leading a ram; at the right a youth, seated. Above the two end figures at left and right, are Hermes and Apollo, the lower part of their figures concealed.
Side B: Three youths talking.

[Label text]:
On this krater is a scene of sacrifice in an outdoor setting. A youth extends a basin to the priest in which to wash his hands. Another youth leads the sacrificial ram towards the stone altar. From behind a hill to the left of the scene, Hermes observes the preparations for the sacrifice. Another deity, possibly Apollo, watches from a similar vantage point to the right of the main scene.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: said to have been found at Santa Maria di Capua.1889. Bought in Rome); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund