Gnathian Bell Krater

Attributed to Konnakis Painterabout 360 - 350 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Black body with tendril of ivy leaves and grape clusters in added white. On the front, a figure of an old man with a swollen belly and an oversize phallus wearing a cloak stands in a rocky landscape. His wrists are bound. Below him to left is a crow. The scene is a parody of Prometheus bound to a rock having his liver eaten by an eagle.

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  • Title: Gnathian Bell Krater
  • Creator: Attributed to Konnakis Painter
  • Date: about 360 - 350 B.C.
  • Location Created: Gnathia, Apulia, South Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 35 x 39.5 x 7.1 cm (13 3/4 x 15 9/16 x 2 13/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Krater
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 82.AE.15
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 114A, Dionysos and the Theater
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: South Italian (Gnathian)
  • Classification: Vessels


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