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 BC

Artist:

Greek; Athens
Attributed to the London Class (Class G)

About this artwork

The Greek Symposium
The modern symposium is an academic gathering where people discuss a topic of common interest, debunking old theories and putting forth new hypotheses. Afterward the participants might continue the conversation, discussing their impressions in greater detail or simply socializing over a drink. The men of ancient Athens did the same, regularly coming together in a private home to exchange ideas. The vases displayed in this case were used to prepare, serve, and consume wine at such gatherings. As the evening progressed, participants engaged in other pleasures, including games, performances, and sex.

Larger vases were used for preparing wine at a symposium and smaller vessels like this one were used to serve and drink it.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Kantharos (Wine Cup) in the Shape of a Female Head

Origin

Athens

Date

480 BC

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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