Terracotta column-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)
last quarter of 6th century B.C.
H. 13 1/16 in. (33.2 cm)
Gift of Estate of Julius Sachs, 1934
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse and reverse, charioteer in a quadriga (four-horse chariot)
The chariot race was the most prestigious event at all the Panhellenic games held in Greece. Only the wealthiest could afford the four-horse chariot with professional driver needed to enter the competition. This picture of a quadriga ready to depart must have pleased the symposiasts whose wine was mixed in the krater.