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Black-figured terracotta column-krater

Vessel for mixing wine and water, late 5th century BCE, with men sacrificing a goat to a terminal figure of the god Hermes. The sacrificial victim has been dismembered and a part is being held in the flame on the altar. The entrails resting on the small table would release odorants including putrescine and cadaverine, typically characterised as strong and rancid, as well as ammonia, skatole, indole and other volatile organic compounds.
British Museum, London, 1837,0609.38. © The Trustees of the British Museum