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Good un-restored condition
Gnathian Colonies – 4th Century BC
Size: 22cm high, 23.5cm dia. – 8½ ins high, 9¼ ins dia.
The pottery mixing bowl or Krater was of great importance in both Greek festive and daily drinking. It was regarded as an essential to the civilised economy of mixing water with wine. The Greeks regarded peoples who drank their wine undiluted as somewhat barbaric. Herodotus records that Cleomenes went mad because he spent a certain amount of time with the Scythians and ‘acquired the habit of taking wine without water and went off his head in consequence’!