Attic Red-Figure Column-Krater
Circa 470 BC
H. 43 cm ; Diam. 35 cm
Acquired by Rodin between 1893 and 1913.
Akrater – from the Greek word for “mixing bowl” – was used in Antiquity to dilute wine with water at a secular banquet. Two handles, shaped like small columns, are placed either side of a wide mouth. On the front of the body, a man playing a lyre holds out a cup to a dancing figure. On the back, an ephebe carries an oenochoe, a Greek jug with a single handle, which was dipped into the krater to be filled before serving the wine.
In “red-figure” decorations, the painter drew the outlines of the motif on the vase after it had been dried by the potter.The figures and patterns were left unglazed, and thus retained the colour of the clay, while the rest was covered in a shiny black glaze, which was also used to add fine detail to the drapery,musculature and faces. The vase was then fired to complete the process. The decoration of this vase is attributed to an artist known as the “Pig Painter”.