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

Attributed to Sophilos
early 6th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
Overall: 19 3/8 x 21 13/16in. (49.2 x 55.4cm) diameter 17 7/8in. (45.4cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Fried Gift, 1977
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
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 with two boars in front and a bull with another animal in back.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction. no. 9, pp. 4, 20, 69, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1979. "Greek and Roman Art." Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art), No. 1979/1980: pp. 13–14.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1986. "Observations on Proto-Volute Kraters." Corinthiaca : Studies in Honor of Darrell A. Amyx, Mario Aldo Del Chiaro and William R. Biers, eds. pp. 108–11, 115, figs. 1–5, Columbia, MO: University of Missouri.

Tiverios, Michalis A. 1989. Perikleia Panathenaia: A Krater of the Painter of Munich 2335. p. 163, Thessalonikē: Andromeda Oxford Limited.

Shapiro, H.A., Mario Iozzo, and Adrienne Lezzi-Hafter. 2013. The François Vase: New Perspectives, Vol. 1. pp. 74–75, n. 26, fig. 10, Zurich: Akanthus.

Moore, Mary B. 2016. "Sophilos and Early Greek Narrative." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 51: pp. 13, 19, p. 26 ns. 51, 57, fig. 13.

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