Made by Adolphseck
Donated By: Eugene C. Gerhart (1972)
The welcoming stance of the man depicted on this krater, offering something surely delicious to his female companion, is fitting for a piece of pottery used to mix water and wine at feasts. Though kraters in Ancient Greece were also used as grave markers, the food and drink imagery here makes it pretty easy to bet which purpose this object served.
The krater is one of the signature objects of this era of Grecian history, ranging from simple design to masterful depictions of scenes from mythology and legend. This krater is decorated with leaves and scrollwork, indicating its decorative and feasting purposes. There are three standard versions of the krater according to modern archaeology; Roberson’s krater most closely resembles the calyx krater.
Apulia is actually a region of Italy, not Greece; it is the “boot” of the Italian peninsula, and a rich source of artifacts from this time period. It is easy to mistake something Italian for Greek and vice-versa; Greece was conquered and occupied by the Roman Empire for many years, and some areas of Italy were heavily colonized by emigrating Greeks.