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Mixing bowl (calyx krater) with the killing of Agamemnon

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Both sides of this vase illustrate tragic scenes from the story of King Agamemnon's return to Mycenae after the fall of Troy. While Agamemnon was away at war, his wife Klytemnestra took as her lover Agamemnon's cousin Aegisthos. On the king's return home, Aegisthos and Klytemnestra plotted to...

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Provenance

By 1958: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (according to his declaration of antiquity, he bought it from Heinz Bunsenbreuner, Herzagstr. 42, Zurich in June 1958); purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., September 18, 1963

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund

Greek, Early Classical Period, about 460 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 066.

Dimensions

Height: 51 cm (20 1/16 in.); diameter: 51 cm (20 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

63.1246

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels