Object Description
Calyx Krater with Scene from Aristophanes' Play

Greek, attic red-figure calyx krater with a scene from Aristophanes'  play 'Birds', ca. 415-410 B.C., depicting a double flute player between two dancers who are playing the role of the birds. 

Identification Date
Between Jan and May 2000
Identification Location
Jean Paul Getty Museum, California, US. 
Artefact History
Before 1982

One Polaroid image in the Medici archive depicts the krater just after it was re-assembled from various fragments, missing its whole base.


Getty Museum acquires the krater, which takes the accession number 82.AE.83.

Between Jan and May 2000

Using the Medici Polaroid image, Italian archaeologists Dr Daniela Rizzo and Mr Maurizio Pellegrini, identify the krater in the antiquities collection of the Jean Paul Getty Museum, California, US.

Artefact Status
Between 2006 and 2007

Between 2006 and 2007, the krater was repatriated to Italy from the Jean Paul Getty museum in California, US.