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by Archaeology Newsroom

Greek Metalwork of the 4th Century BC

The Derveni Crater dates back to the decade 330-320 BC. It is a masterpiece of metalwork of the 4th century BC. The main body of the vase is of the passion of Dionysus shown in relief. Four attached cast statuettes adorn the shoulder of the vase. The study of the technique employed for this crater supplies us with some extremely important information about the evolution of metalwork during the second half of the 4th century BC.