Attributed to Oltos / Psykter (vase for cooling wine) / ca. 520-510 B.C.Attributed to Oltos
Psykter (vase for cooling wine)
ca. 520-510 B.C.

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Creator Name: Oltos
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Oltos
Title: Psykter (vase for cooling wine)
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -52
Creation End Date: -51
Creation Date: ca. 520-510 B.C.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Vases
Materials and Techniques: terracotta
Dimensions: H. 11 7/8 in. (30.20 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1989.281.69
Credit Line: Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989

Around the body, hoplites (foot soldiers) are mounted on dolphins. This procession of identically dressed foot soldiers seems to advance with military precision. A number of other dolphin-riding hoplites appear on vases of this period. All are accompanied by a flute player, suggesting that this scene illustrates a dramatic chorus, probably from a contemporary play. The six dolphins would have seemed to leap and dive as the psykter, filled with wine, bobbed in ice water inside a large krater. Oltos was an early red-figure painter who specialized in decorating cups and other shapes used in symposia (drinking parties).

AMICA ID: MMA_.1989.281.69
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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