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

Period:
Archaic
Date:
last quarter of 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/16 in. (33.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Estate of Julius Sachs, 1934
Accession Number:
34.32.1
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.
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