Pair of terracotta volute-kraters (vases for mixing wine and water) with stands
3rd quarter of the 4th century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Base: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
vase: 29 1/4 in. (74.3 cm)
39 × 18 in. (99.1 × 45.7 cm)
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 1995
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 160
Although these volute-kraters may have been modeled after examples of bronze, they are imposing works in their own right. South Italian vases are often interpreted as having been made for the tomb. Regardless of their final disposition, black-glazed pieces with no evident funerary reference probably first served in life.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1995. "One Hundred Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1994 through June 30, 1995." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 125: p. 16.
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