Depicted on one side is a young warrior, partially draped and sitting on the folds of his cloak which seem to function as a cushion. With his right hand he reaches up towards his pilos helmet. Leaning against his left shoulder is an upright spear.
The other side of the krater shows a youth wearing a himation with black borders. His right hand rests on top of a column with a Ionic capital; his left arm, mostly hidden under the folds of the himation, appears to be akimbo. On the wall behind his head, at the upper right hand side, a strigil is visible, perhaps suspended from the wall; possibly this is an indication that the rather unusual scene is located in the palaestra (the ancient Greek wrestling school).
The areas where the handles are located are decorated with large palmettes and other floral motives. All scenes are bordered by a band of meanders and saltires below, and a band of laurel leaves above, just below the rim. White has been applied to decorate some details in the scenes: the strigil and the offset rim of the pilos helmet.
South Italy, Campania, circa. 350 B.C.
Provenance: Dutch private collection MM; previously collection of Wladimir Rosenbaum (1894-1984), Zürich and Ascona, Switzerland; Wladimir Rosenbaum was both a lawyer and an antiquarian and art dealer.