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Terracotta volute-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)

Attributed to Polion
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 420 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 23 3/16 in. (58.9 cm); H. with handles 26 5/8 in. (67.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.122.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Obverse and reverse, Apollo departing Mount Olympos in his chariot
On the neck, obverse and reverse, athletes

In its scale, the pronounced architectonic articulation especially of the lip, and the Olympian iconography that concerns Apollo but features Athena on the obverse, this work is representative of Athens in its glory. The athletic scenes on the neck depict Athenians in a noble and peaceful context. The assemblage of gods who either converse or attend Apollo as he prepares to mount his chariot presents a similar combination of ease and dignity that characterized the gods gathered on the Parthenon frieze.
Inscription: The names of the gods are inscribed.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1929. "A Krater by Polion." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 24(4): pp. 107-10, figs. 1-4.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 7, fig. 53, New York: Plantin Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1944. Greek Painting: The Development of Pictoral Representation from Archaic to Graeco-Roman Times. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. p. 145, fig. 112, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 101, 241, pl. 81a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. p. 145, fig. 112, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1171, no. 2, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Hera, no. 468, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Leto, p. 264; Nike, no. 216, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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