Ancient Greek Small Stemless Kylix


An ancient Greek terracotta stemless kylix covered in black glaze. The drinking bowl has a convex body, forming a shallow bowl, that is covered in a rich, dark glossy glaze. There are two D-shaped handles to each side, which have become worn slightly with age. The bowl itself rests on a small foot ring base. There is wearing to the glaze, exposing sections of the terracotta.

Date: Circa 5th Century BC
Condition: Good condition, some chips to the glaze.


SKU: AH-1096 Category: Tag:

Stemless kylix cups were used for an ancient Greek event known as a symposium. It was an exclusively male party held at a private residence, with the only women allowed being high class prostitutes known as ‘herairai’. These events would be opportunities for typically higher-class men to drink and discuss philosophy, politics, poetry and contemporary topical issues. It was thought that the kylix cup would have been shared around the party and be a communal drinking vessel. Cups could be plain or highly decorated, depicting scenes from both everyday life and mythological references.

For more information on the Greek symposium tradition, please see our blog post: The Symposium in Classical Cultures

Weight 63.1 g
Dimensions L 8 x W 15 x H 4 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item, please see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 41.162.223

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