It arrived for the travelling exhibition, The Centaur's Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art (February 22 - May 16, 2004), and then featured in the Houston exhibition, Greek Bronze Vessels from the Collection of Shelby White and Leon Levy (January 29 - July 10, 2005).
It continues to be displayed.
Prior to Houston, the krater had been exhibited in The Centaur's Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art at Princeton University Art Museum (October 11, 2003 - January 18, 2004).
The krater was not included in the exhibition catalogue:
- Padgett, J. M., W. A. P. Childs, and D. S. Tsiaphakis. 2003. The Centaur's Smile: the Human Animal in Early Greek Art. Princeton: Princeton University Art Museum.
Loans are covered by the February 2006 "New Guidelines on Loans of Antiquities and Ancient Art" issued by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). The MFA Houston is a member.
As part of the due diligence process, according to these guidelines,
museums should inquire into their provenance history, seeking to obtain all relevant information from the lender, and an appropriate warranty of their legal ownership of the work.Long-term loans "with incomplete relevant provenance histories should be evaluated under criteria comparable to those for acquisitions" (AAMD).
So some questions need to be asked:
- When did Shelby White (and Leon Levy) acquire this krater?
- Who sold it to them?
- Who conserved the krater?
- Are the previous owners or dealers known?
- When was it first known?
- What is the published record?
- Does it have a reported find-spot?
- What due diligence process has been undertaken to receive this long-term loan?