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

Attributed to the Karkinos Painter

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. with handle 22 5/16 in. (56.7 cm); H. without handle 20 1/16 in. (50.9 cm); diameter of lip 16 3/4 in. (42.6 cm); diameter of foot 8 13/16 in. (22.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.11.20
  • Description

    Obverse, the abduction of Antiope by Theseus
    Reverse, Amazons riding up

    In its mythological beginnings, Athens was attacked by the Amazons, warrior women whose homeland lay to the north and east of the Black Sea. The incursion was repulsed, and Theseus, the ruler of Athens, took Antiope, the Amazon queen, as his wife. Of special interest on the obverse is the shield device of a flute-playing crab. The motif plays on the name of a famous flute-player in late-sixth century B.C. Athens, Karkinos, crab. The device occurs again on the reverse of the calyx-krater by Euphronios and Euxitheos (1972.11.10) exhibited in the Greek galleries on the main floor.

  • References

    Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd edn. Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 224, no. 1.

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