Mixing bowl (column krater)

Early Classical Period
about 470 B.C.
Painter the Aegisthus Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Overall: 37.5 x x 33 x 38.5 cm (14 3/4 x 13 x 15 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World



Side A: A daughter of aged Pelias leads him to the cauldron in which Medea boils a ram, restoring its youth. Medea stands at the right of the cauldron. Greek inscription on the cauldron “Kalos” (KALOS).
Side B: Two naked youths, the one on the left with cloak and wineskin. Greek inscription on the wineskin?


Side A: ΚΑLΟS on the cauldron
Side B: inscription?


By 1969, Robert E. Hecht, Jr., Boston; 1970, sold by Robert Hecht to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 16, 1970)

NOTE: According to Hecht, he he had purchased the vase in Munich from Prince Wohlmut von Eisenstein, whose family had owned it since 1740. This information has not been verified.

Credit Line

Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund