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    DescriptionThis beautifully illustrated book represents the first full publication of the most elaborate metal vessel from the ancient world yet discovered. Found in an undisturbed Macedonian tomb of the late 4th century B.C., the volute krater is a tour de force of highly sophisticated methods of bronze working. An unusual program of iconography informs every area of the vessel. Snakes with copper and silver inlaid stripes frame the rising handles, wrapping their bodies around masks of underworld deities. On the shoulder sit four cast bronze figures: on one side a youthful Dionysos with an exhausted maenad, on the other a sleeping Silenos and a maenad handling a snake. In the major repousse frieze on the body a bearded hunter is associated with Dionysian figures. What was the function of this extraordinary object? And what is the meaning of the intricate iconography? The krater is placed in its Macedonian archaeological context as an heirloom of the descendants of the man named in the Thessalian inscription on its rim, and in its art historical context as a highly elaborated, early 4th-century, version of a metal type known in Athens by about 470 B.C.

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    The Derveni Krater
    Masterpiece of Classical Greek Metalwork
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Beryl Barr-Sharrar
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 255
    Width: 230 mm
    Height: 305 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 1,751 g
    ISBN 13: 9780876619629
    ISBN 10: 0876619626

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T11.6
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BIC subject category V2: HDDK
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    BISAC V2.8: ART000000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BIC subject category V2: AFT
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15890
    DC22: 739.5120938
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    DC22: 739.5/120938
    LC classification: NK8000 .B37 2008
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    Thema V1.0: AFT, NKD
    Edition statement
    Volume I ed.
    Illustrations note
    169 figs, 1 map, 32 col pls
    American School of Classical Studies at Athens
    Imprint name
    American School of Classical Studies at Athens
    Publication date
    30 January 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Beryl Barr-Sharrar is Adjunct Associate Professor of Art History at New York University. She is the author of numerous publications on Classical and Hellenistic art.
    Review quote
    ..The Derveni Krater offers a significant contribution to the study of Classical Greek art. Those interested in bronze and metalwork production will find a thorough discussion of the history of Greek metal vessels and a new typology of the bronze volute krater type.' -- Alexis Q. Castor, Franklin & Marshall College Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009 Beryl Barr-Sharrars new monograph on the Derveni Krater breaks entirely new ground, elevating this masterpiece of later classical Greek art to a status alongside those of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the Alexander Sarcophagus as the most important monuments of Greek art in the fourth century B.C. She shows that bronze vases, which have hitherto been included in the minor arts, now deserve their own place alongside architecture, sculpture and painted vases as high arts. In addition, the sophistication and care of the layout and the book production reaches new heights of what an outstanding publication of a work of Greek art can be.' -- David Mitten Harvard University Spectacular! A book such as this appears on ones desk once in a decade: a definitive publication of a masterpiece of Greek art that is comprehensive, informative, persuasive, and beautifully illustrated.' -- Andrew Stewart UC Berkeley "This is a penetrating study of a sumptuous artifact, with superb photographic documentation in color; a very handsome publication." -- R.R.R. Smith Oxford University ...an exemplary treatment of a major monument of ancient art. The illustrations are comprehensive and the colour plates (including many helpful close-ups of details) superb. The American School of Classical Studies is to be congratulated on the publication of such a fine volume.' -- Michael Vickers, Ashmolean Museum JHS 2010 ...handsomely produced and impeccably edited; the series of color plates sets a new and welcome standard for images of the Derveni krater. In an age of expensive monographs,...,here is a real bargain. This is a work that few will wish to be without, and there is everything to look forward to from future volumes in the series.' -- Jasper Gaunt, Emory University American Journal Of Archaeology January 2011
    Table of contents
    Metal Vessels in Macedonian History; The Macedonian Context of the Derveni Krater; Precursors to the Derveni Krater: The Fifth-Century Attic Bronze Volute Krater of the Alpha Type; Elaborated Volute Kraters of the Late Fifth and Early Fourth Centuries BC; The Iconography of the Derveni Krater, 1. The Major Repousse Frieze; The Iconography of the Derveni Krater, 2. Animal Friezes, Masks, Shoulder Figures. Conclusions; Appendix: Technical Characteristics of the Derveni Krater. Bibliography. Index.