The disparate handles increase the manipulability of the cup. The decoration shows two maenads (followers of Dionysos, the god of wine). The one on the obverse plays the flute as the lower border of her garment billows gently; her thyrsos, a fennel stalk crowned with ivy, has been set to one side. The maenad on the reverse bends and stretches vigorously, as indicated by her hair and the extremities of the feline pelt that stream out.
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