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

Attributed to Sophilos

Period: Archaic

Date: early 6th century B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; black-figure

Dimensions: Overall: 19 3/8 x 21 13/16in. (49.2 x 55.4cm)
diameter 17 7/8in. (45.4cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Fried Gift, 1977

Accession Number: 1977.11.2

Description

Sophilos is the first known artist from the Athenian potters' quarter to have signed his name on his work—once as potter and three times as painter. This early form of the volute-krater is decorated on the front of the vessel with two boars, and on the back with a bull and another animal.

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