Kantharos (Drinking Cup)

A work made of terracotta, late gnathia ware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, late gnathia ware.

Date:

300/275 BC

Artist:

Greek; Apulia, Italy

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.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Kantharos (Drinking Cup)

Origin

Apulia

Date

300 BC–275 BC

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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