About this artwork
Decorated tableware enlivened festive meals. The red-figure plates were used, as their decoration suggests, for serving seafood, a staple of the Mediterranean diet. Tasty juices pooled in the central concavity, which may also have contained sauces. The vessel fashioned in the shape of a sheep’s head is a special kind of drinking cup that cannot be set down when full. The other 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.
- Ancient Greek
- Kantharos (Drinking Cup)
- 300 AD–275 AD
- terracotta, Late Gnathia ware
- 15.4 × 18 × 13.3 cm (6 1/8 × 7 1/8 × 5 1/4in.)
- Gift of Philip D. Armour and Charles L. Hutchinson