Warrior Vase

Front view of Mycenaean warrior vase krater
Made from terracotta, this vessel is known as a krater and would be used for mixing water and wine. Given their militaristic culture, Mycenaean artwork often uses war imagery. This krater depicts a woman bidding farewell to a party of galavanting soldiers bearing spears. The krater would become heavily associated with men in Greek culture, as they were mainly used in military drinking parties. During the Greek geometric period three-hundred years later, funerary kraters were made to be placed on the tombs of deceased men. Whereas women were given amphora-shaped funerary vases, a decidedly more feminine form.
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