Unknown Maker, Apulian
23 x 13 1/2 x 11 1/8 in. (58.4 x 34.3 x 28.3 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of the Director's Council
Object Number: 94.2
The ancient Greeks and neighboring cultures used kraters to mix highly alcoholic wne with water before serving. Placed prominently in the center of the room, these vessels often featured detailed scenes of daily life. The Greek playwright Eubulus (active 360 B.C.E.) noted that usually only three kraters were served at an event: "the first for health, the second for love and pleasure, the third for sleep. After the third one is drained, wise men go home."