Large marble vases carved with figured reliefs are among the most spectacular objects produced in workshops that specialized in classicizing works for a sophisticated Roman clientele. This fragment includes one handle and part of the neck and shoulder of a volute krater that once must have decorated a Roman garden. A large mask of a bearded Dionysus adorns the base of the handle, while grape leaves carved in low relief spread out behind it.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1997. "One Hundred Twenty-seventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1997." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 127: p. 18.
Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 248, pp. 213, 453, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.