8 June 2004
AN APULIAN RED-FIGURED BELL-KRATER
CIRCA 340-320 B.C.
The obverse with a nude satyr seated on a rocky outcrop to the left, a thyrsos resting against his right arm, a large phiale in his extended left hand, a draped female figure standing to the right, a wreath with a fillet in her lowered right hand, a thyrsos in her left, a wreath in the field above them, a tendril below; the reverse with two draped youths on either side of an altar, a writing tablet above them; a band of meander below the scenes, laurel below the rim, tendrils and palmettes below the handles, details in added white
12¾ in. (32.4 cm.) high
with Tullio Diamanti, Rome.
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