9 December 2008
AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED BELL-KRATER
ATTRIBUTED TO THE KADMOS PAINTER, CIRCA 420 B.C.
The obverse with a sacrifice scene, with two draped youths leading a bull as an offering, each with a wreath in his curly hair, one standing beside the bovine, one before it, each holding the ties, a garland hanging from the bull's horn, a tree between, a bucranion above, an ithyphallic bearded herm to the far right; the reverse with three standing draped youths, a quartered ball above; an encircling band of meander and checkered squares below the scenes, laurel below the rim, palmette complexes below the handles, dotted ovolo around the handle roots; several drill holes from ancient repairs throughout; details in added white and red, now mostly lost
13¾ in. (34.9 cm.) high
Wilhelm Collection, Switzerland, 1970s.
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