Ancient Greek Dark Brown Terracotta Skyphos

£ 175.00

A Greek terracotta skyphos with a black glaze. The vessel features a curved body which slightly narrows towards the ring foot. Two horizontal handles have been applied to the rim on either side. The original black glaze has faded over time leaving a brown matte colour to both the interior and exterior.

Date: Circa 4th - 3rd Century BC
Condition: Fine condition. Wear to the body and handles.


SKU: HY-34 Category:

Skyphoi were drinking cups (usually for wine) that took the form of deep bowls with two handles, usually with a low base. They were pioneered in Corinth. The skyphos was a popular shape, designed to fit easily in the drinkers’ hand, which remained in use into the Roman period and was frequently used at banquets and symposia. The men of ancient Athens regularly got together in private homes to exchange ideas, conversing about different topics and socializing over a drink. As the evening progressed, participants engaged in other pleasures, including games, performances, and sex. Wine played a major role in fuelling these evenings, and a myriad of vessels were used for preparing wine while smaller vessels like this one were used to serve and drink it.

To find out more about the different types of Greek vessels please visit our relevant blog post: Types of Ancient Greek Vases.

Weight 85.3 g
Dimensions L 12.5 x W 7.7 x H 6.3 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar shape,The British Museum, item 1967,0628.35

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