Bronze kylix (drinking cup)

Period: Late Classical or Hellenistic

Date: 4th–3rd century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H.: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Diam.: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907

Accession Number: 07.286.97


This small bronze cup has a simple, round bowl set on a tall, narrow foot that widens at the lower end to a flat base. It has two thin handles that curve inward at the top. Cups of this shape were made in a variety of sizes and materials, including terracotta, bronze, silver, and gold. They were an important component of the symposium, which was a ritualized drinking party enjoyed by elite Greek men.