Laconian black-figure column-krater

600-575 B.C.
H. 31.1 cm (12 1⁄4 in) Diam. 30.2 cm (11 57⁄64 in)

Ars Antiqua SA, Geneva, 1987
Private collection, Switzerland, from the above

Conrad Michael Stibbe
Laconian mixing bowls : a history of the Krater Lakonikos from the seventh to the fifth century B.C., Allard Pierson Museum 1989, 30 ss.

Black-glazed krater with stirrup shaped handles; the handle straps are decorated with a black linear pattern on a cream-coloured slip, the line runs along the middle of the strap's edge and winds round to form a 'volute', meander ornament between two rows of dotts on the rim and thick rays at the base; the foot is also slipped and decorated with two horizontal lines

Our krater belongs to Stibbe's group with horizontal lines on the foot which dates no later than c. 575 B.C. It is to be placed at the beginning of the group's devolepment. This date is confirmed by the grave context of a krater from Caere, c. 580 B.C. (Caere, tomb 531/9 MA, Milan A 14971) which is the closest to our krater in form and ornaments.
The term 'pseudo-volute krater' for laconnian kraters is derived from the painted decoration on the handle strap, and from the shape of the strap itself, which gives the impression of being a simplified version of a volute. As a rule, this decoration consists of a black linear pattern on a cream-coloured slip.

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