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Two-handled cup (skyphos) with Bacchic scene

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Two handled wine cup (skyphos) with traces of gold leaf on surface. In repoussé, are scenes related to Bacchic (Dionysos) ritual. In the center of one side is a herm of Priapus, a rustic god of fertility, whose obtrusive penis was removed in antiquity. Nearby is another small herm that stands...

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By early 1950s: with K. J. Hewett in London; said to have been acquired from K. J. Hewett in the early 1950s for an American private collection; by 1959: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 25, 1997

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, John H. and Ernestine Payne Fund and William E. Nickerson Fund

Roman, Early Imperial Period, A.D. 1–30


Height: 11.1 cm (4 3/8 in.); diameter: 10.1 cm (4 in.); width: 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silver, with traces of gold leaf


The Ancient World