Monumental kraters, such as this, rarely survive. Originally produced in Athens, they served as markers for male graves, whilst belly-handled amphorae were used for female graves. The type was widely copied and exported. The decoration on this piece is typical of the Middle Geometric period, with stripes and bands of decorative elements. For similar and discussion, see J. Boardman, Early Greek Vase Painting, London, 1998, pp. 24-28 and p. 32, no. 34; see also British Museum, inv. no. 1861, 0425.51.