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.
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.
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