Krater with Two Panthers

By
Michele Asuni
Michele Asuni is a first-year doctoral student in Classics at Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the Classics department in 2012, he completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pisa, where here pursued an interdisciplinary program in Classical Studies. Primarily a Hellenist, his main interests lie in Archaic and Classical Greek literature and culture, textual criticism, and Silver Latin.

 

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  • Accession Number: JHUAM HT 885
  • Measurements: Length: 11cm, Width: 7.8cm , Height: 3.8cm
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Culture/Date: Roman, 1st C. CE
  • Provenance: Pompeii, Italy

The discus decoration contains a krater (a type of vase commonly used for mixing wine) flanked by two panthers. The border of the discus presents a floral-vegetal decoration. A similar composition can be seen in this example from the British Museum (Lamp Q3106). The krater, the panther and the vegetal decoration (probably vines) were part of the imagery typical of the cult of Bacchus (the Greek Dionysus).