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Marble fragment of a volute krater

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, David L. Klein Jr. Memorial Foundation Inc. and Nicholas S. Zoullas Gifts, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.111
  • Description

    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.

  • References

    Picón, Carlos A. 1997. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1996-1997." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 55(2): p. 16.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 248, pp. 213, 453.

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