The significant element in the interchange between the two satyrs is the skyphos (deep drinking cup) held by one of them. It may be full of wine. It may also be empty and about to be used as a chamber pot. Although Greek vases were designed to fulfill a specific purpose, they lent themselves to any number of other uses.
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