Knob-Handled Patera (Dish)

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.

Date:

330/320 BC

Artist:

Attributed to the Baltimore Painter
Greek; Apulia, Italy

About this artwork

The circular dish with knobs alongside its handles is a characteristically Apulian vessel. A patera was typically used to pour libations, but this example is unusually large. Bands of varying width containing repetitive patterns and scrolling tendrils interrupted by female heads surround a central scene depicting Hermes, the god of travelers, leading the harvest goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone from the underworld, where the girl had been held captive by Hades. Persephone was forced to return for part of every year, and during that time Demeter’s displeasure would cause the fertile earth to turn barren. Her story symbolized the life, death, and rebirth of both crops and people.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Knob-Handled Patera (Dish)

Origin

Puglia

Date

330 AD–320 AD

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique

Dimensions

17.7 × 67.3 × 68.5 cm (7 × 26 1/2 × 27 in.)

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1984.10

Extended information about this artwork

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