KANTHAROS

KANTHAROS

Greek, 1st century BC
Silver
Height: 5-1/8 inches (13 cm)
Width: 7 inches (18 cm)
Provenance: European art market, 1990s

 

This drinking vessel with high handles, a “kantharos,” a type well known from ceramic examples, was part of a deluxe wine drinking ensemble. It has a high pedestal foot with a decorative “bead” below the inverted bell-shaped body and delicate looped handles. Such fancy silver vessels, sometimes with gilt embellishment, were the inspiration for ceramic versions. (A ceramic version with rattling pellets that inserted between its’ double walls, called a “krateriskos,” is in the Leby/White collection.)

Restoration: handles reattached