Mixing wine with water
The basin was a deep and open vessel. Usually without handles, with a large curve at the shoulders that narrowed to the neck, which was low and had projecting lips. It was used for mixing wine (as was the krater) or for cooking, especially the bronze ones. It rested on an independent stand or tripod. From the depictions on vases it appears that it was given as a prize in competitions or used as a serving vessel at banquets.