Large krater depicting men in full armour. ‘House of the Warrior krater’, Mycenae acropolis. 12th century BC.
The men wear helmet, cuirass, greaves, shield and spear as they depart for battle, a sack of supplies hanging from their spears. To the side, a woman raises her hand in a farewell or mourning gesture. On the back five warriors in similar attire, but with a different helmet, raise their spears. A relief bovine head and pairs of painted birds adorn the handles. A superb example of the Mycenaean Pictorial style.