Etruscan Bucchero Kantharos


An Etruscan kantharos made from bucchero blackware featuring large, looped handles and a long narrow stemmed foot. The cylindrical body has been left undecorated.

Date: Circa 6th century BC
Provenance: Gottfried and Helga Hertel collection, Cologne, acquired in the 1970s.
Condition: Very fine. Professionally repaired to the body.


SKU: AH-842 Category: Tag:

The kanthoros was a distinctive cup, used for wine. It was used both for drinking from and for ceremonial purposes. The shape is often depicted on black-figure and red-figure pottery in scenes associated with Dionysus and Herakles. The two gods frequently depicted reclining, perhaps at a symposium, holding a kantharos in their hands. The bilingual belly amphora by the Andokides painter shows such a scene and is one of the prime examples of such iconography.

Examples of kantharoi have survived in pottery form, however as is typical with many Greek vases, their form most likely originated in metal.

To find out more about different types of Greek vessel please see our relevant blog post: Collecting Greek Vases.

Weight 311.9 g
Dimensions W 18 x H 13 cm


Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For Similar:The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, item 50.311