Bell-krater

Drawing of bell-kraterThe latest of the four krater-types, it first occurs in the early fifth century, and is not found decorated in black-figure. It is named for its bell-like shape, perhaps originating in wood. It has small horizontal upturned handles just over halfway up the body. Some do not have a foot, and earlier examples may have lugs for handles. Over the course of the fifth and fourth centuries, the shape becomes slimmer.

Athenian red-figure bell-krater
  • Athenian red-figure bell-krater ht. 35cm.