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Mixing bowl (bell-krater) depicting Orestes at the Delphic Omphalos

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A: Orestes at Delphi. As often in representations of this subject, he clasps the omphalos with one hand and brandishes a sword with the other; one leg is drawn back, and his chlamys swirls behind him to mark his violent agitation. Athena, vertical spear in her right hand, stands at the left,...

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By date unknown: Hubert Herzfelder Collection according to the import paperwork; 1962: purchased in Switzerland from Hubert Herzfelder by Robert E. Hecht, Jr. ; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 9, 1976

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund

Greek, South Italian, Classical Period, about 370–360 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Apulia, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 017.


Height: 36 cm (14 3/16 in.); diameter: 39.3 cm (15 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World