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Mixing bowl (krater) depicting belt wrestling

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Large wine vessel or krater from Cyprus. Red clay, buff slip, brown-black paint. Same scene on both sides of a two-horse chariot driven by two men and before each chariot are two males in a belt-wrestling contest. Under each handle a bird with short neck, curved beak, folded wing, whalelike...

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By the 1870s: Cesnola Collection in Cyprus; by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London: but Ready was 'perfectly certain' it came from Rhodes.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Cypriote, Late Cypriote Period, about 1350–1250 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 143.


Height: 43.6 cm (17 3/16 in.); diameter: 35.5 cm (14 in.)

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The Ancient World