Friday, February 12, 2016

75 for 75: Volute Krater


This large Volute Krater is from 340 B.C. - that's over 2,000 years old! Volute Kraters would have been used to mix water and wine, or in this case, for the ashes of the deceased. We believe that the person who died is the man seated in the center. Everyone appears to be at a festival- possibly the festival of Dionysus- having a great time. But at the top, there is a winged creature known as a Sphinx- the symbol of sudden death!

Classroom Prompt: Based on these clues, do you think this was someone who lived a long, peaceful life, or someone who died young that liked to go to festivals? Would this have been for a wealthy person or a poor person? Do a little research about Greek vase painting. Is this a red-figure vase or a black-figure vase?

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