The glaze on Corinthian vases did not always fuse properly with the body of the vessel and has often peeled off. Only traces remain of the scene on the front of this krater, which shows the marriage of Paris and Helen. The bridal pair stands in a chariot ready to depart, surrounded by four Trojan couples wearing festive dress. A single, armed warrior at the far right leads in the four horsemen shown on the other side of the vase. The names of all the figures are inscribed beside them. Goats and panthers fill the zone below.
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Title:Terracotta column-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)
Artist:Attributed to the Detroit Painter
Date:ca. 590–570 BCE
Dimensions:H.: 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Credit Line:Funds from various donors, 1927
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Scheibler, Ingeborg. 2002. "Features and Intentions of Color-Schemes in Archaic Vase Painting." Color in Ancient Greece: The Role of Color in Ancient Greek Art and Architecture 700-31 B.C., Michalis A. Tiverios and Despoina S. Tsiafakis, eds. p. 73 n. 33, Thessaloniki: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
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