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Kantharos (Wine Cup) in the Shape of a Female Head

A work made of terracotta, white-ground and black-figure technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, white-ground and black-figure technique.

Date:

about 480 BCE

Artist:

Attributed to the London Class (Class G)
Greek; Athens

About this artwork

This is an example of one of the most popular types of wine cup in ancient Greece, the kantharos. This particular cup takes the form of a woman’s head, which is mirrored on the opposite side. Rising from a round foot, the woman’s neck forms a wide stem, above which the cup flares out to a wide bowl with two handles on opposite sides.

Status

On View, Gallery 151

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Kantharos (Wine Cup) in the Shape of a Female Head

Origin

Athens

Date

480 BCE

Medium

terracotta, white-ground and black-figure technique

Dimensions

19 × 17.8 × 13.3 cm (7 1/2 × 7 × 5 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1905.349

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