Kantharos (Drinking Cup)

A work made of terracotta, unglazed ware, once partially gilded.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, unglazed ware, once partially gilded.

Date:

310/280 BC

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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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Kantharos (Drinking Cup)

Origin

Apulia

Date

310 BC–280 BC

Medium

terracotta, unglazed ware, once partially gilded

Inscriptions

Inscription (?): (Aphrodites; "for Aphrodite") Gilt inscription to 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 .

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