Terracotta chariot krater

Period: Late Helladic IIIB

Date: ca. 1300–1230 B.C.

Culture: Helladic, Mycenaean

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 16 3/8 in. (41.6 cm)
diameter 12 1/8 in. (30.8 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 74.51.966

Description

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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