Project Description

Black-figure and red-figure pottery techniques were used between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE in Athens to decorate fine pottery. The potter would use a wheel to shape the clay into a recognizable vessel. In some cases the neck and body were thrown separately and attached later using a slip that would harden in the firing process. In the black-figure technique, figural and decorative painting was applied with a slip that turned black during firing while the background remained the red color of the clay. The krater form was used to mix wine and water together. This black-figure krater shows one side depicting a seated king holding a torch in hand with a standing male figure on the right. The opposite side depicts a winged male figure kneeling or running.

-Haley Boothe, Class of 2016

Object Details

6th cen. BCE
5" x 4 1/4"
Departmental Purchase