Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup)
- Late Classical
- late 4th century B.C.
- Terracotta; superposed red
- Overall: 5 1/16 x 6 7/8in. (12.9 x 17.4cm); diameter of lip 3 7/8in. (9.9cm); diameter of body 4 5/16in. (10.9cm); diameter of foot 2 1/4in. (5.8cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1964
- Accession Number:
Obverse and reverse, ketos (sea monster)
Because the trip to the Underworld was believed to involve a sea voyage, marine creatures, both real and imaginary, were often associated with death in Etruscan culture. Both hippocamps (sea horses) and kete (sea monsters) were presented in a positive light, often guarding the deceased or transporting them to the Underworld.