Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup)


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.

Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup), Terracotta, Etruscan

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