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May 2024
May 2024

BG Boeotian kantharos


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Black glazed Boeotian kantharos, mid 5th cent. BCE

A drinking vessel featuring distinctive arched band handles and a slightly elevated lip above the flared base, the kantharos is closely tied to the worship of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. Its portrayal is most commonly found on Attic vases in scenes depicting banquets or held by Dionysus himself. In Boeotia, the kantharos holds a special place as one of the most cherished vases, existing in various versions and sizes.

As for the origin of its name, Philetairos in Athens suggests that it is derived from the potter Kantharos, while another interpretation links the vase's shape to that of a beetle.

Ideal for your upcoming symposium, each kantharos is unique, especially due to the intricate design of the handles, making it distinct from the one illustrated here. Feel free to reach out to us for more information before making your purchase.

H: 15,5-16 cm, L: 21-21,5 cm, rim D: 12,5 -13 cm