Volute krater (mixing bowl)

Late Classical Period
450–375 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 441; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height (including handles): 87.3 cm (34 3/8 in.)

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On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



The handles of the krater terminate at the base in pairs of duck’s heads. A double palmette appears on the outsides of the handles, between the volutes. The krater is united to the stand by corrosion. Parts of the sides of the krater are missing. Crusty patina in several shades of green.
Found at Spongano, near Vaste, South Italy, with objects 99.481 and 99.479


By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to his records found at Vaste, South Italy, with 96.708, 99.479 and 99.481, though not necessarily all in the same grave) and to have been in the collection of Mgr. Bacile, Bishop of Leuca; purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund