Krater with Two Panthersadmin2021-06-02T16:58:19+00:00
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Krater with Two Panthers
By Michele Asuni
Accession Number: JHAM HT 885 Measurements: Length: 11 cm, Width: 7.8 cm, Height: 3.8 cm 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).