Pottery stemmed bowl decorated with a procession of riders in chariots


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

This vase is a fine example of Mycenaean Pictorial Style pottery. Such vases, painted with scenes of humans and animals, were popular exports from Mycenaean Greece to the island of Cyprus, where many of them, including this one, have been found. This is a particularly fine example of the group known as 'Chariot Kraters' after their subject-matter and shape, which were particularly popular in the fourteenth century BC. A krater is a wide-mouthed bowl for mixing wine and water. The upper zone of the vase is painted with a frieze of chariots, pulled by elongated horses, in which ride a charioteer and a passenger. Such chariot processions on vases may well have been inspired by contemporary fresco-paintings which decorated the walls of Mycenaean palaces.

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  • Title: Pottery stemmed bowl decorated with a procession of riders in chariots
  • Date Created: -1375/-1300
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 42.00cm; Diameter: 32.00cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: wheel-made; painted
  • Subject: charioteer/chariot; procession; horse/ass
  • Registration number: 1911,0428.1
  • Production place: Made in Greece
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Maroni
  • Period/culture: Late Helladic IIIA2
  • Material: pottery
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Barker, F. Collected by Christian, Percy