Greatly preserved Apulian bell krater

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Object number
AR3098
Large vase in great condition. Used for watering down wine in Ancient Greece. From old German collection.
Object: Bell krater

Material: Red clay with black slip and white painting
Red-figure style

Date: 4th century BC
Late classical - early hellenistic period

Description:    The vase boosts a scene showing a woman wearing a long chiton standing to the right. She holds a musical instrument in the left hand and a long branch with leaves and fruits at the top part with the right hand. At her feet is a high altar with a flame on top, several decorative elements are scattered in the field, a half-volute frames the scene to each side. The second side of the vase shows a big male head, turned right, framed by a half-volute on each side. His curly hair is dressed with a white diadem.

Size: Height 233 mm, diameter 255 mm.

Condition: Generally in very good condition. Body almost completely preserved, small piece at the discus foot and an area in the lower body part just above broken and restored. Other than that the piece has only minor wear and is nicely preserved. With old note typed on a typewriter "7 Glockenkrater ca. 300 vor Chr.", on the other side "Apulien" written by hand.

Literature: A. D. Trendall, The red-figured vases of Lucania, Campania and Sicily (Oxford 1967)
A. D. Trendall, The red-figured vases of Lucania, Campania and Sicily. Supplements (London 1970, 1973 und 1983, 3 Bände)
A. D. Trendall - A. Cambitoglou, The red-figured vases of Apulia. Early and middle Apulian (Oxford 1978)
A. D. Trendall - A. Cambitoglou, The red-figured vases of Apulia. Late Apulian (Oxford 1982)
A. D. Trendall - A. Cambitoglou, The red-figured vases of Apulia. Supplements (Oxford 1983, 1991 und 1992)
A. D. Trendall, Rotfigurige Vasen aus Unteritalien und Sizilien: ein Handbuch (Mainz am Rhein 1990)
K. Schauenburg, Studien zur unteritalischen Vasenmalerei (Kiel 1999 - 2010, 14 Bände

Provenance: Acquired 2020 from the German private collection Ms. G. Palmans. Given to Ms. Palmans by Mr. H. J. Oszkinat as a present in 1980. Before this, exhibited for decoration purposes at the store of an optician in Essen, Germany and owned by the brother-in-law of the store owner, Mr. Bruno Keuter, who worked as archaeologist or amateur archaeologist at Xanten, Germany.

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