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Drinking cup (kantharos)

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Tall cup; flaring rim, tall stem, high concave handles with struts to rim. On either side, a female head to the left, wearing a sakkos, earrings, radiate stephane, and a necklace. In front of each head is a "window" above and a scrolling floral below. (Text from Vase-Painting in Italy,...

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By date unknown: Horace L. Mayer Collection; loaned by Horace L. Mayer to MFA, January 27, 1959 as 5.59; inherited by Mrs. Horace L. Mayer; gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 13, 1978 (as App. 1978.32); reaccessioned as 1978.1347, June 23, 1993

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer

Greek, South Italian, Early Hellenistic Period, about 320–310 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Apulia, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 075.


Height with handles: 19.5 cm (7 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World