Silver-gilt cup (one of a pair)
- Late Classical or Hellenistic
- 4th–3rd century B.C.
- Greek, South Italian
- Silver, gold
- H. 2 1/2 in. (6.3 cm); diameter 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm); length including handles 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm)
- Gold and Silver
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Patti Cadby Birch Gift, 1993
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The cups are decorated on the interior with an outer band of gilding engraved with ivy leaves and tendrils and, within a star pattern, a central medallion depicting Dionysos, the god of wine, with his customary attribute, an ivy-tipped thyrsos (staff). Such decoration is highly appropriate for a pair of drinking cups. Unusually, their bowls were hammered from thin sheets of silver rather than cast, making them lightweight and easy to use.