Attributed to the Group of Boston 00.348 / Column-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water) / ca. 360-350 B.C.Attributed to the Group of Boston 00.348
Column-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)
ca. 360-350 B.C.

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Creator Name: Boston 00.348 Group
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to the Group of
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to the Group of Boston 00.348
Title: Column-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -36
Creation End Date: -35
Creation Date: ca. 360-350 B.C.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Vases
Materials and Techniques: terracotta
Dimensions: H. 20 1/4 in. (51.51 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 50.11.4
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1950

Ancient sculpture was painted. Although faint remnants of polychromy can be discerned on some objects, the original effect has been lost. This vase provides a rare example of the actual painting process, in which the encaustic pigments were mixed with wax. On the obverse, an artist paints a lion-skin on a marble statue of Herakles, surrounded by two assistants, Zeus and Nike. To the left of the statue, a youth tends a charcoal brazier on which the wax mixture and the tools are being warmed. The artist, to the right, is recognizable by his cap and by his garment worn so as to afford maximum coolness and freedom of movement. A small container in his left hand holds the pigment, which he applies with a tool like a knife or spatula. Zeus and a Nike (personification of victory) watch from on high, and at the far right Herakles himself approaches. On the reverse of the krater, Athena is seated with one of Dioskouroi.

AMICA ID: MMA_.50.11.4
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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