Apulian Bell Krater


Apulian Bell Krater

An ancient Apulian Greek small bell krater decorated in applied red, white, and gold with a bawdy theatrical scene of two actors of grotesque appearances: the male figure, dressed in a red kilt, standing on a stage indicated by a dotted line carrying another male figure dressed as a nude female on his shoulders, with two open windows in the background, surrounded by olive branches and a decorative top border.

Apulia, Magna Graecia, South Eastern Italy.
Ca. 350 - 300 BC.
Height: 7 5/8 in. (19.3 cm).

The output and quality of the Greek colonial potters working in Apulia increased greatly following the Peloponnesian War when Attic exports fell off sharply. Apulian craftsmanship is an amalgamation of the Ionian (Athenian, Attic) conventions, and Doric (Western colonial Greek) styles, with a noticeable native Italian aesthetic.

Formerly in an American private collection.

Inv#: 8811


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