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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.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

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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