This is a Red Figure Pot that dates back to 400 B.C. It was found in Lucani Italy and made by the Lucanian peoples however it was heavily influenced by the Greek mythology and culture due to the Greek Colony Taras that they were close to. It Is now held in the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland Ohio. The pot was calyx krater style which means that it was largest of the krater styled pottery. It was round and had a foot at his base with handles that were placed near the base. This style of pottery was said to be used for making and storing wine. They were made of clay which the Greeks called keramos, it is likely that the Lucanian peoples traded the Greek colony for the clay so they could construct the unique pot. It was constructed with the help of a pottery wheel and the pieces were made separately and then joined together. Depicted on the pot is the story of the Flight of Medea. She was the granddaughter of the sun God Helios, and was known herself for being an enchantress. On the pot she is depicted in a chariot riding in the sun, which is driven by Drakones, winged serpents who helped her to escape Korinthos after she murdered King Kreon his daughter Kreousa as well as her own children. The pot displays a narrative of this well with the bodies of the deceased spread across what appears to be an altar, and Medea riding away unscathed sources: http://www.theoi.com/Ther/DrakonesMedea.html http://www.theoi.com/Gallery/M26.1B.html http://www.ancient.eu/Greek_Pottery/


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