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Column Krater with a Symposium Scene
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Column Krater with a Symposium Scene


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Description Here, a "symposium," or men's drinking party, is under way. Entertainment at such events was provided by "hetairai," or female prostitutes, who also served as musicians and dancers. Reclining on dining couches are two bearded men and an unbearded youth, who tilts his head back to listen to the girl before him playing the double flutes. On the other side of the vessel, three young men are engaged in conversation. Kraters such as this one were used for mixing wine and water, as Greek and Roman authors write that drinking undiluted wine was considered barbaric and uncouth.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
7/27/1987Treatmentx-ray
Exhibitions
  • Déjà Vu? Recurrence. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2007-2008.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [cat. no. 176]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
ca. 440 BCE (Classical)
Medium
terracotta, wheel made; red figure
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.67
Measurements
H: 15 3/8 x W: 13 7/8 x Diam: 12 3/8 in. (39 x 35.2 x 31.5 cm)
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