Spouted krater or louterion decorated with a long boat - ROM2005_4032_1


Spouted krater or louterion decorated with a long boat

Maker: Close to the Analatos Painter
Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted.
Geography: Probably made in Athens, Greece; found in Thebes, Greece
Date: about 710-700 BC
Period: Greek Late Geometric or Protoattic period
22.5 x 28.9 cm
Object number: 919.5.18
Credit Line: Sigmund Samuel Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of the Bronze Age Aegean

The spouted bowl (louterion or krater) is decorated in a silhouette technique. It shows a long boat rowed by nineteen oarsmen who face a helmsman at the stern with two steering paddles. On the other side of the bowl is a very worn frieze of animals.

This type of large spouted bowl (louterion) may have been used for mixing wine and water for drinking, as are later kraters, but it has also been associated with funerary rituals. In these rituals wine would be poured onto the grave as an offering to the dead.

The style of vessel, its decoration and the clay are all similar to other pots made in Athens or elsewhere in the region of Attica, however this example may not be Athenian but just 'Atticizing'. Other possibile production sites in Greece which have been suggested are Corinth, Boeotia and Megara.

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