About this artwork
This is an example of one of the most popular types of wine cup in ancient Greece, the kantharos. Rising from a round foot and a thin stem, the cup flares out to a wide bowl with two handles on opposite sides. While most examples are glazed, this elegant exception bears evidence it was once gilded. Before firing it was also inscribed with the word “Aphrodites” near the lip of the cup.
- Ancient Greek
- Kantharos (Drinking Cup)
- 310 BCE–280 BCE
- terracotta, unglazed ware, once partially gilded
- "Of Aphrodite."
- 20.6 × 19.6 × 13 cm (8 1/8 × 7 3/4 × 5 1/8 in.)
- Gift of Philip D. Armour and Charles L. Hutchinson