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Column-Krater (Mixing Bowl)

A work made of terracotta, red-figure.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, red-figure.


about 460 BCE


Attributed to a Member of the Earlier Mannerist Group
Greek; Athens

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.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Column-Krater (Mixing Bowl)


Athens (Object made in)


460 BCE


terracotta, red-figure


46.5 × 45.6 × 38 cm (18 1/4 × 18 × 15 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip D. Armour and Charles L. Hutchinson

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