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  • Krater. Linares Archaeology Museum © Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte

    Krater. Linares Archaeology Museum © Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte





Around 375-351 BC

Cultural background


Original title


A krater, a vessel used for diluting water with wine, that shows how important it was for Athens artisans to carry out themes that fitted in with indigenous tastes.

The decoration of the scenes, the style of the figures and the diagram of the scene on the back of the krater enable us to attribute this item to the Black Thyrsus painter, dating from the second quarter of the 4th century BC. The iconography at the front is not typical of the usual characters and scenes in the representations of kraters imported into the Iberian society. It seems to be a Greek interpretation of an indigenous mythological scene, an Iberian infernal banquet, which is mixed with typical features of the artisan's iconography because he did not really understand the Iberian mythology.

Details of the work

Found in the Baños de la Muela necropolis (old Cástulo, province of Jaén)


Height = 26 cm; Maximum diameter = 30.84 cm; Edge diameter = 29 cm; Thickness = 1.3 cm; Weight = 2.115 Kg

Painted, baked, varnished and made by wheel

Red clay

Place of production
Attributed to the Black Thyrsus painter in Athens (Greece)


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