Terracotta bell-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)

Terracotta; red-figure | 38.8 x 38.8cm | Ca. 470–450 B.C.

Unknown Artist

In this magnificent vase, the shape and the gloss of its surface are paramount. The lack of figural decoration suggests that, rather than hold wine, it may have contained cold water or snow to chill a wine-filled psykter (vase for cooling wine).

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