Red-figure ware column krater, a type of vessel intended for the mixing of wine and water; the top of the mouth is decorated with a lotus chain divided by large palmettes atop each handle; the inside is painted black, except in the restored areas. On the rim of the krater is a row of alternating lions and boars. Panels of thin inverted lotus buds appear in panels on the two sides of the neck, bordered by thin bands of black-glaze above and below. On each side a tongue-pattern band appears on the shoulder above the figural scenes which is bordered by vertical rows of dots and lines. Each of the two figural panels shows women wearing tunics and mantles which have ben pulled up over their heads and across their mouths and noses. Five of the women dance (three on side A and two on side B) to the tune played by the sixth (side B) on her double pipes. The scenes are framed by partial columns. The foot is of two degrees and is black except for two thin reserved stripes at the articulation points; the lower edge is reserved, as is the bottom of the foot.
ancient; archaeology; pottery; vessels; containers
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