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.
Picón, Carlos A., Joan R. Mertens, Elizabeth J. Milleker, and Ariel Herrmann. 1997. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1996–1997: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 55(2): p. 16.
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.