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Fragment of an Apulian Red-Figure Bell Krater

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Fragment of an Apulian Red-Figure Bell Krater


Black Fury Group (Greek (Apulian), active early 300s B.C.)


Greek (South Italian, Apulian)


Apulia, South Italy (Place Created)


about 375–350 B.C.



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19 × 18.5 cm (7 1/2 × 7 5/16 in.)

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Object Description

This fragment of a bell‑krater made in Apulia in South Italy depicts Scylla, a monster who personified the terrors of the sea and was believed to live in the straits between Sicily and the toe of Italy. Feared for grabbing sailors from their ships and devouring them, Scylla was a hybrid creature, having a woman's upper body, a fishy lower body, and a ring of dogs' heads around her waist. It is difficult to determine the narrative context in which she appears here, although the dolphins at the lower edge make clear that Scylla is swimming in the sea, and she appears to hold a trident and a conch shell. Above her head, a section of a wing and a garment decorated with stars are visible. Just in front of Scylla, the chest and hooves of a bull are preserved. The vase could have depicted the myth of the rape of Europa, in which Zeus turns himself into a white bull and carried the princess off across the sea.

1962 - 1983

Walter Bareiss, American, born Germany, 1919 - 2007 and Molly Bareiss, American, 1920 - 2006 (Stamford, Connecticut), distributed to the Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust, 1983.

1983 - 1986

Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Greek Vases and Modern Drawings from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bareiss (June 13 to October 5, 1969)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), June 13 to October 5, 1969
Attic Red Figure Pottery (September 23, 1988 to January 22, 1989)
  • California State University, Long Beach Art Museum (Long Beach), September 15, 1988 to January 15, 1989
Ulisse (February 21 to September 2, 1996)
  • Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Comune di Roma (Rome), February 21 to September 2, 1996
SICILY: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome (April 3, 2013 to June 15, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), April 3 to August 19, 2013
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland), September 29, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World Through Medieval Eyes (January 24 to May 28, 2017)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 24 to May 28, 2017

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Trendall, Arthur Dale and Cambitoglou, Alexander. The Red-figured Vases of Apulia, I (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978), p. 168, no. 7/26.

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True, Marion, and Jiri Frel. Greek Vases: Molly and Walter Bareiss Collection (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983), p. 84, no. 221; pp. 60-61, no. 44, fig. 44.

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Jentel, Marie-Odile. "Skylla I." In Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae VIII (1997), pp. 1137-1145, p. 1138, no. 7; pl. 784.

Walter-Karydi, Elena. "Skylla Bilder und Aspekte des Mischwesens," Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archaeologischen Instituts 112 (1997), pp. 165-189, pp. 172-73; fig. 6.

Gallazzi, Claudio, Barbel Kramer, and Salvatore Settis, eds. Il Papiro di Artemidoro (Milan: Edizioni Universitaire di Lettere Economia Diritto, 2008), p. 567, fig. 5.40.