Mixing bowl (bell krater)

Pan Painterabout 470 B.C.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The death of Aktaion is depicted on the front of this bowl. Aktaion was a hunter who witnessed Artemis, goddess of the hunt, bathing with her nymphs. Diana punished Aktaion by turning him into a stag so that his own dogs tore him to pieces. This elegant rendering of the myth-with Artemis drawing her bow and Aktaion sinking beneath the onslaught of the hounds-is one of the greatest surviving Athenian vase paintings.

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  • Title: Mixing bowl (bell krater)
  • Date Created: about 470 B.C.
  • Physical Dimensions: w425 x h370 mm
  • Type: Vessels
  • Rights: Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/mixing-bowl-bell-krater-153654
  • Medium: Ceramic, Red Figure
  • Period, era, dynasty, reign: Early Classical Period
  • City, state, country: Athens, Attica, Greece
  • By: the Pan Painter