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Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-glaze
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 7/16 x 7 7/8in. (8.8 x 20cm); diameter 5 1/8in. (13cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Helen H. Mertens Gift, 1962
Accession Number:
62.11.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Skyphoi with disparate handles are rarer than those with two horizontal handles, yet they admirably represent Greek ingenuity. The vertical handle would have facilitated drinking, while the other allowed the cup to be suspended when not in use, between symposia.
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