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Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup with high handles): two female heads

Attributed to the Brygos Painter
Attributed to the Providence Class of Head Vases
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 490–480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm) diameter 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.234.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Obverse, satyr playing aulos (double flute)
Reverse, satyr playing krotala (castanets)

The form and iconography strongly suggest that this vase was used in a symposium (drinking party). The satyrs are particularly winning—they provide entertainment for the gathering and enjoy it at the same time.
Found at Capua

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