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Terracotta psykter with lid (vase for cooling wine)

ca. 500 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-glaze
H. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1960
Accession Number:
60.11.6a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
The psykter was an ingenious shape designed to keep wine cool throughout an evening. It was filled with wine and placed inside a large krater (bowl for mixing wine and water) that contained snow or ice water. The cylindrical stem acted as a keel, keeping the psykter upright while the wine was ladled out.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. "Greek Vases in the Recent Accessions Room." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 19(5): p. 155, fig. 5.

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