Side B: youth on right

Side B: hand of youth on left

Side A: satyr on right

Side B: head of youth on left

Handle: right of side A

Side B: youth on right, lower half

Collection: Cambridge, Harvard University Art Museums
Summary: Side A: Two satyrs and two women. Side B: Three youths.
Ware: Lucanian Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Amykos Painter
Date: ca. 420 BC - ca. 400 BC

H. 0.385 m.; Diam. 0.32 m.; diam. mouth 0.385 m.

Primary Citation: Trendall 1967, 34, no. 113, pl. 10, 1; Trendall 1967, Suppl. III, 11.
Shape: Bell krater
Period: Classical


Unbroken; moderate scratching and flaking of glaze.

Decoration Description:

Side A: Two pairs of figures, each consisting of a satyr speaking to a draped woman. The satyrs are nearly identical, with the left foot resting on a rock (its rough texture indicated with streaks of dilute glaze), a thyrsos held vertically in the left hand, and the right hand gesturing toward the woman, with the palm held open. The only difference is that the satyr at left is bald, but not the one at right. Dilute glaze is used for their moustaches and eyebrows, for the wispy fringe of their hair and beards, and for the line of hairs below the navel. The first woman wears a chiton and a himation which covers both arms, though one can tell that the left hand is resting on the hip. Her hair is held in a krobylos by a hairband with three upright points. The woman at right wears a belted chiton and a sakkos decorated with stripes, dots, and a wavy line of dilute glaze. She holds her left hand behind her waist and lets her right hand dangle beside the satyr's left hand.

Side B: Three youths, all dressed in himatia, stand in conversation. The himation of the central youth covers both his arms. He looks at the youth at left, who holds a staff in his right hand. As is often the case in such scenes, it may be that the middle youth is being accosted by the other two, although there is no indication he is younger than they. One suggestion that this may be so is the behavior of the youth at right, who reaches down to pat the rump of the central youth.

A laurel wreath circles the vase beneath the rim. The groundline on either side consists of groups of maeanders to right alternating with cross-squares (and one saltire-square on the reverse). Reserved stripes circle the interior just inside the lip and 6.5 mm. farther down. The side of the foot and the spaces between the handle roots are reserved. There are reserved grooves beneath the lip, between the foot and body, and around the outer edge of the top of the foot.

Shape Description:

Bell-krater: height and diameter of mouth the same; body tapering to a stem and slightly constricted above the handles; torus lip; tapering disk foot.

Collection History:

Franz Trau collection, Vienna; Bequest of David M. Robinson.

Sources Used:

Robinson AJA 60 (1956).

Other Bibliography:

Robinson exhibition catalogue 1961, no. 144; Robinson AJA 60 (1956) 23-24, pl. 18, figs. 77-78.