Attributed to the Hirschfeld Workshop / Krater / ca. 750-700 B.C.Attributed to the Hirschfeld Workshop
ca. 750-700 B.C.

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Creator Name: Hirschfeld Workshop
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to the Hirschfeld Workshop
Title: Krater
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -75
Creation End Date: -70
Creation Date: ca. 750-700 B.C.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Vases
Materials and Techniques: terracotta
Dimensions: H. 42 5/8 in. (108.25 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 14.130.14
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1914

During the Geometric period, monumental grave markers were introduced in the form of large vases, often decorated with funerary representations. It was only in the Archaic period that stone sculptures were used as funerary monuments. On this magnificent krater, the main scene, which occupies the widest portion of the vase, shows the deceased laid upon a bier surrounded by members of his household and, at either side, mourners. For optimal clarity, the dead man is shown on his side and the checkered shroud that would normally cover the body has been raised and regularized into a long rectangle with two projections. The zone below shows a procession of chariots and foot soldiers. The figures may refer to the military exploits of the deceased; however, as hourglass shields and chariots played a more limited role at this time than in the earlier Bronze Age, the scene more likely evokes the glorious ancestry and traditions to which the dead man belonged.

AMICA ID: MMA_.14.130.14
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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