Corinthian black-figure krater with two bearded men, five horsemen and an animal frieze - ROM2018_16862_1

ROM2018_16862_1

Corinthian black-figure krater with two bearded men, five horsemen and an animal frieze

Maker: Attributed to the Hippolytos Painter
Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted with incised details
Geography: Made in Corinth, Greece; from ancient Capua, Campania, Italy
Date: about 570-560 BC
Period: Greek Archaic period
Dimensions:
35.0 × 39.3 cm
Object number: 919.5.144
Credit Line: Sigmund Samuel Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
Description

This large bowl for mixing wine (column-krater) is decorated in black-figure technique applied to a red background (red-ground style), rather than the usual yellowish Corinthian clay coloured background. This red-ground is designed to imitate the richer red clay of Athenian vases, which were becoming popular exports at this period.

In the main field of the decoration are two robed and bearded men holding spears and facing each other. Behind them are two horsemen holding spears, accompanied by a flying bird, and on the back of the vase are three more horsemen. Beneath the handles are a griffin-bird and a siren. In the lower register is an animal frieze with panthers, grazing goats, and a bird. The handle plates on the rim feature a goose and a lotus motif.

This vase is attributed to the Hipploytus Painter by Benson and Amyx and dates to the Late Corinthian I period. It probably comes from an Etruscan burial.

Collection:
Greek World
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