From:Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectThis vase was used for mixing wine and water in the symposium (drinking party).
On the zone below the lip of the krater is a band of laurel leaves. Side A depicts a complex story shown in a compressed fashion with elements from the middle and end of the story shown in the same scene. In the centre, a large ram rears up in a tripod cauldron heated below with wooden logs. On the left is an aged male, Pelias, King of Iolcus and Uncle of Jason, leaning on his staff and with his right hand to his head. He wears a himation (cloak). To the right is a woman, Medea, wife of Jason, who sprinkles herbs into the cauldron with her right hand from a small container that she holds in her left. She is dressed in a girt peplos (a long garment, which has extra material falling to the waist), kekryphalos (hairnet), and sandals.
Side B of the vessel features three cloaked youths. The central figure is turned to the right, his arms and hands totally enclosed in cloth; the outer figures face him, their arms outstretched. They are barefoot.
MakerAttributed to the Kleophon Painter
Date Madeca. 440-435 BC
Medium and MaterialsCeramic: Pottery
Style and IconographyRed-figure
Style and IconographyAttic
TechniqueThrowing (pottery technique)
TechniqueRed-figure vase painting
MeasurementsHeight 256mm; Diameter 275mm
Subject and Association KeywordsAnimals in art
Subject and Association KeywordsArt and mythology
Subject and Association KeywordsWomen in art
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LinePurchased, 1994.
Object TypeDrinking Vessels
Copyright LicenceAll rights reserved