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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.

Details

  • 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

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