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Kantharos (Drinking Cup)

Terracotta cup with handles that appear tied in knots, a simple design around the middle, and a fluted section at the foot.
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  • Terracotta cup with handles that appear tied in knots, a simple design around the middle, and a fluted section at the foot.

Date:

300-275 BCE

Artist:

Greek; Apulia, Italy

About this artwork

This cup is an example of Gnathia ware, named after the ancient town (modern Egnazia) where the first examples were found. Gnathia ware is characterized by polychrome motifs and patterns created by applying purple-red, yellow, and white directly on top of black gloss before the vessels were fired.

On View

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium, Gallery 151

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Kantharos (Drinking Cup)

Origin

Apulia

Date

300 BCE–275 BCE

Medium

terracotta, Late Gnathia ware

Dimensions

15.4 × 18 × 13.3 cm (6 1/8 × 7 1/8 × 5 1/4in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip D. Armour and Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1889.25

Extended information about this artwork

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