Mixing bowl (calyx krater) with scenes from the fall of Troy

Early Classical Period
about 470–460 B.C.
the Altamura Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 159; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 065.


Height: 48 cm (18 7/8 in.); diameter: 49 cm (19 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)


The Ancient World



Ilioupersis (Sack of Troy)

Side A: Cassandra at the Palladion, an attendant hastening with a box to the left. Cassandra is being menaced by Ajax the Less. To the right, Neoptolemos prepares to hurl Astyanax (son of Hector) from the walls of Troy. Priam is seated on the altar. At the extreme right, two warriors fighting or quarreling.
Side B: Aeneas carrying his aged father Anchises from Troy. Creusa follows behind and a warrior leads the way. He may be Ascanius or Hermes in the guise of Aeneas’s son.


By date unknown: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., February 12, 1959, for $ 19,000.00

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund