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Kantharos (Drinking Cup)

Cream-colored cup with a small round foot and a thin stem. Two thin arms flare up and out from mid-cup in a "V" shape and bend inward without reconnecting to the cup. The cup's opening tapers in before flaring out again at the lip. Greek letters are inscribed on the cup bewtween the arms and lip.
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  • Cream-colored cup with a small round foot and a thin stem. Two thin arms flare up and out from mid-cup in a "V" shape and bend inward without reconnecting to the cup. The cup's opening tapers in before flaring out again at the lip. Greek letters are inscribed on the cup bewtween the arms and lip.

Date:

310-280 BCE

Artist:

Greek; Apulia, Italy
probably made in Canosa, said to have been found in Tarento, Italy

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.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Kantharos (Drinking Cup)

Origin

Apulia

Date

310 BCE–280 BCE

Medium

terracotta, unglazed ware, once partially gilded

Inscriptions

"Of Aphrodite."

Dimensions

20.6 × 19.6 × 13 cm (8 1/8 × 7 3/4 × 5 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip D. Armour and Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1889.26

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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