Terracotta column-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)
2nd half of 6th century B.C.
H. 11 in. (28 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1966
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
During the sixth century B.C., the production of glossy, all black pottery was exceptional in the Greek world. Besides Attica, Lakonia was a major center. Since this region was famous also for bronze-working, black-glazed kraters may have provided cheaper substitutes for examples of bronze.