Object Description
Volute Krater with Scenes from Underworld

Monumental Apulian volute krater, decorated with scenes from the underworld, ca. 320 BC, attributed to the White Sakkos Painter. 

Identification Date
Jan to May 2000
Identification Location
Jean Paul Getty Museum, California, US 
Artefact History
Before 1977

One Polaroid image in the Medici archive depicts several unrestored fragments from the main scene of the krater (a couple sitting on a kline inside a naiskos).


The fragments were acquired by the Jean Paul Getty Museum and the vase, mostly restored, enters the museum’s collection with the acc. no. 77.AE.13.


Using the Medici Polaroid, Italian archaeologists Dr Daniela Rizzo and Mr Maurizio Pellegrini identify the krater at the antiquities collection of the Jean Paul Getty Museum, California, US. 

Artefact Status
Between 2006 and 2007

Between 2006 and 2007, the krater was repatriated to Italy from the Jean Paul Getty Museum.