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Seller: finartco (30) 100%, Location: Nicosia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 252558216734 AUTHENTIC ANCIENT ATTIC POTTERY BLACK GLAZED KANTHAROS 4 FRAGMENTS ca. 5TH CENTURY BC Offered are four fragments from an ancient Attic matte black glazed kantharos from ca. 5th century BC. The fragments have beautiful and intricate relief designs: one has elaborate vines and anthemia or palmettes, the second a pattern of raised lines and dots, the third has an unusual flower that looks like a sunflower or a poppy seed head and the fourth a splendid rearing horse and a man next to what appears to be an altar. The kantharos is a cup used to hold and drink wine and in votive or funerary situations. The kantharos seems to be an attribute of Dionysus, the god of wine, who was associated with vegetation and fertility. Attic pottery was exported throughout the ancient world. For a long time, they dominated the market for fine ceramics. This is a splendid set of four fragments, ideal for a collection, an impressive gift or a first-class home decoration. Dimensions of the largest fragment (the one with the anthemia or palmettes) are 7.5 cm (3 in.) long, 3.7 cm (1.5 in.) wide, while the dimensions of the smallest fragment (the one with the rearing horse) are 3.6 cm (1.4in.) long by 2.5 cm (1 in.) wide. Weight is 41 g (1.4 oz). Provenance: old private collection. It is guaranteed authentic. The fragments have not been cleaned or restored. Original encrustation and soil deposits are evident. Please examine all pictures carefully. Shipping is USD 12 worldwide by registered mail. Please take a moment to look at my other items! Please ask any questions before buying. Thank you for your interest. Kantharos kantharos or cantharus (plural: kantharoi) is a type of ancient Attic cup used for drinking wine. The kantharos is a cup also used in rituals or offerings. The kantharos seems to be an attribute of Dionysos, the god of wine, who was associated with vegetation and fertility. As well as a banqueting cup, they could be used in pagan rituals as a symbol of rebirth or resurrection; the immortality offered by wine, removing in moments of ecstasy the burden of self-consciousness and elevating man to the rank of deity. Material: Terracotta, Provenance: Old private collection

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