Bronze handles of a volute-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)
4th century B.C.
Overall: 10 1/4 x 6 15/16in. (26.1 x 17.6cm)
Purchase by subscription, 1896
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Although these handles are much later than the other objects in this gallery, they represent a shape that was introduced in the late sixth century B.C. and was favored by significant artists who worked in terracotta and in bronze. A characteristic of volute-krater handles is the fine articulation of the volute itself and of the lower terminals where they rested on the shoulder of the vase. Here, as in most metal examples, they assume the form of swans' heads.
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Barr-Sharrar, Beryl. 2008. The Derveni Krater: Masterpiece of Classical Greek Metalwork. pp. 54-5, fig. 57a,b, Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
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