Mixing bowl (phlyax krater)

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
about 350 B.C.
The Konnakis Painter

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia, Taranto

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 108; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 124.


Height: 29.9cm (11 3/4in.) Diameter: 31.2cm (12 5/16in.) Weight: 5 lb. (2.27 kg)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Gnathian Ware

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)


Europe, The Ancient World



A figure on each side, painted in colors.
Side A. Comic actor as an old man, running to right.
Side B. Woman standing with body nearly full front, and profile to right. Flesh colored white, yellow details. Drapery in incised lines on black.
Label text:
Gnathia technique (figures rendered with added color)
Front: a comic actor costumed as an old man running with cakes and fruits falling from his cloak
Back: draped woman
The figures probably represent a misadventure of an old lover bringing a gift to a young courtesan.


By date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; inherited from him by Mrs. Burt and then, about 1889, by A. H. Browne; by 1899: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London W.C., England, auction of the Forman Collection, June 19-22, lot 370; by 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, February 1900

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund