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Terracotta chariot krater

Late Helladic IIIB
ca. 1300–1230 B.C.
Helladic, Mycenaean
H. 16 3/8 in. (41.6 cm) diameter 12 1/8 in. (30.8 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
The chariot was an important motif in art from the Greek mainland; its frequency on Mycenaean pictorial vases has characterized an entire subgroup. These vases were probably connected with funerary practices, and in some regions they may have served as sarcophagi. The occupants of the chariots may be the deceased, while the ancillary figures may be deities or participants in funerary observances.
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