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Gold kantharos (drinking cup with two high vertical handles)

Period:
Late Helladic I
Date:
ca. 1550–1500 B.C.
Culture:
Helladic, Mycenaean
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/8 x 6 5/8 x 3 1/2 in. (7.9 x 16.8 x 8.9 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.126
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
The kantharos, one of the oldest Greek vase shapes, first became prominent during the Middle Helladic period (ca. 2000–1600 B.C.). While the cup and handles of this example are ancient, both show evidence of reworking, and it is possible that elements have been combined that did not originally belong together.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 16, 171, pl. 11h, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1984. "A Greek and Roman Treasury." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 42(1): no. 3, pp. 6, 17.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 22, pp. 39, 412, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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