Mixing bowl (krater)

Italic, Etruscan
Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period
about 330–300 B.C.
Artist Vatican Funnel Group Workshop

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 172.


Height: 39.5 cm (15 9/16 in.); diameter (body): 15.3 cm (6 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Attributed to the Vatican Funnel Group Workshop
(Del Chiaro)
about 330-300 B.C.
A: A beardless young satyr in high boots is walking to the left, carrying a large striped cushion. He has rounded human ears and a black tail. Three rings surrounded by dots in added white are placed on the background. A loop in added white hangs from the cushion.

B: Vanth or Nike stands frontally but looks to her right. She wears a long-sleeved tunic and a belted chiton with a flouncy overfold and large pins (dotted circles) at the shoulders. If the semicircular objects on or in front of her feet are shoes, they are very crudely foreshortened. Her empty right hand is raised with the thumb extended in an emphatic but inscrutable gesture. Her left hand rests on her hip but is hidden by the sleeve.

Cushions like that on Side A are carried by figures on other vases in the Vatican Funnel Group. On Vatican Z 100, a stamnos by the same painter who decorated this krater, a youth holds a pillow in a manner nearly identical to that of the Boston satyr. The woman on the reverse of the stamnos, also carrying a pillow, wears the same chiton with flowing overfold and curious shoes as the Boston Vanth (Trendall, Vasi Antichi, II, pl. 63, i and k).

The subsidiary ornament is similar to that on cat. no. 171, but without the tympana.

For the location of the workshops of this vase at Vulci, see comments under catalogue no. 171.


By date unknown: Horace L. Mayer Collection (loaned to MFA, March 7, 1958 as 44.58); gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 21, 1959

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer