The Cleveland Krater

The Cleveland Krater

c. 470-460 BC

Red-figure terracotta

Overall: 56.5 cm (22 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1930.104


Since this column krater is the most important of 12 vases painted by a Greek artist whose name is unknown, the great English vase expert, Sir John D. Beazley, named both the vase and the painter after our city. Other vases by this painter are in New York, Vienna, Paris, and Copenhagen. Front: The scene on this side may represent Hebe, the daughter of Zeus and Hera, on her way to meet her future husband, Herakles. Back: On this side of the vase, drunken revelers return from a symposium, a drinking party at which wine was served from huge vessels like this one.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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