About this artwork
The Greeks diluted their wine by blending it with water. The master of ceremonies at the symposium, or drinking party for men, determined the ratio of wine to water, both of which were poured into a large mixing bowl, like this one. This particular shape is called a column krater after its columnar handles. It is decorated with a mythological scene. Salmoneus, king of Elis, pretended to be Zeus by imitating the sound of thunder and the appearance of lightning. Angered at his impudence, here Zeus strikes Salmoneus dead with a real lightning bolt.
- Ancient Greek
- Column-Krater (Mixing Bowl)
- 460 BCE
- terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique
- 46.5 × 45.6 × 38 cm (18 1/4 × 18 × 15 in.)
- Gift of Philip D. Armour and Charles L. Hutchinson