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Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup)

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
late 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Terracotta; superposed red
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1964
Accession Number:
64.11.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
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.
de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.52, pp. 212, 275, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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