The Bell Krater is an earthenware vessel that was made during the Golden Age of Athens.
The story of Achilles' life is depicted on the vase. The dipping of Achilles into the River Styx in order to protect him from injury along with his departure to the Trojan war are depicted.
A "krater" was an earthenware piece that was used to mix water and wine.
The intricacy of the Bell Krater would have made it a cherished piece.