At the height of the Classical age, this
magnificent krater would have served to mix
wine with water at banquets and drinking
parties. At some point, it was buried with its
owner to provide worldly pleasure in the afterlife.
Painted in the vivid south Italian fashion, the
krater depicts the meeting of two youthful
travelers on one side, and Dionysiac rituals on
the other. For the culture that created it, this
superb vessel was much more than a functional
object: it was a work of art. The passage of
centuries has only enhanced its beauty and rarity.
If only it could speak, what tales it might tell us
about the glories of a vanished world.