The wide-mouthed bell krater was designed for
mixing wine with water. This superb vessel may
have been utilised at a symposium, or drinking
party, an occasion for philosophical discussion
as well as drinking and music.
The obverse depicts a naked male who glances
back over his shoulder towards a draped female.
The male holds a thyrsus in his outstretched
right hand and what appears to be a full basket
in a movement of gesture towards the female. A
chlamys draped over the figure’s left arm billows
in the direction of his left leg. The fabric is
aligned with the X-shaped composition of the
male’s body ensuring full use of the field is
made. The standing female holds a thyrsus in her
left hand and bunches of grapes and ivy in her
right. Her hair is arranged high on her head,
beneath a sakkos. The field is further
embellished with ivy leaves. The figures are
flanked by a palmette design and surmounted by
a laurel motif around the rim and a meander
design towards the base.
The reverse shows two young draped males
facing one another yet separated by a palmette
design. The figure on the viewer’s right holds a
staff in his right hand. The palmette design
appears again on either side of the figures and
there are tongues around the handles.