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

Attributed to the Karkinos Painter

Period: Late Archaic

Date: ca. 500 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. with handles 20 9/16 in. (52.2 cm)
H. without handles 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)
diameter of mouth 15 3/8 in. (39.1 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1921

Accession Number: 21.88.74


Five men reclining on cushions are shown conversing at a symposium (drinking party). Two guests usually shared one couch, but in this abbreviated view the legs of the couches are missing so everyone appears to be on a single long cushion.