The volute krater, named after the shape of
handles, was originally employed for mixing
with water. Many elaborately decorated
examples, such as this, though, also
funerary destination, a function which seems
be confirmed by the decorative theme of
On the obverse a draped female figure,
as the deceased, is seated within an Ionic
naiskos. To the right a naked wreathed male
figure with a chlamys over his left arm,
bunch of grapes and a laurel crown. On the
draped female figure is holding a mirror. Both
these figures are offering gifts to the
On the back side, two draped male figures,
holding an ivy leaf, are standing on either
a funerary monument decorated by ribbons.
The figures are flanked on both sides by a
palmettes while the volutes of the handles
decorated by ornamental human faces.
A motif of vertical lines enhances the
the krater, with the depiction of a female
enclosed by vines and rosettes, on the
side of the neck.
An exceptional vessel, whose decoration
the spiritual preoccupations of the 4th
and the concern for the afterlife.