Mixing bowl (column krater)

Archaic Period, Late Corinthian
about 550 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Corinthia, Corinth


Height: 33 cm (13 in.); diameter: 41 cm (16 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



On the handle plates: filleted, bearded male and filleted female heads.
Side A: Charioteer driving quadriga. Herakles firing arrows, while Hesione hurls rocks at dragon.
Side B: Procession of nine elders to left, wreaths in background. Lowest register: sphinxes, dove, two sets of four geese, griffins, an extra goose, two leopards, and cocks facing a thunderbolt.
Recomposed with minor in-painting, most noticeable at the face of the charioteer.

A. Mayor has recently interpreted the head of the “dragon” as an image inspired by the sight of a fossil skull emerging from a cliff (see The First Fossil Hunters, Princeton, 2000, pages 157-165).


By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., April 10, 1963

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund