Object: Terracotta krater

While Greek kraters could be used as communal vessels to dilute (with water) and serve wine, in the Geometric Period, they were also used as grave markers. This exquisite example from the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases the deceased surrounded by mourners. It also shows a group of soldiers and horses. Note the stylized nature of the figures. They may not be as detailed as those on later vases, but they may actually be more interesting because of that.

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