Seller: finartco (36) 100%, Location: Nicosia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 252557993768 Material: Terracotta, Provenance: Old private collection, Details: AUTHENTIC ANCIENT ATTIC POTTERY BLACK GLAZED KYLIX 8 FRAGMENTS ca. 5TH CENTURY BC Offered are eight fragments from an ancient Attic black glazed kylix from ca. 5th century BC. The fragments include the pedestal base and portions of the lower body, sides, rim and handles. Kylikes were used during drinking parties (symposia) which lay at the heart of ancient Attic society, where men congregated to debate love and philosophy, to plot and boast, but above all to revel in wine and song. They were also used in votive or funerary situations. 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 eight fragments, ideal for a collection or reconstruction. Dimensions of the largest fragment are 13 cm (5.1 in.) long, 4.5 cm (2.5 in.) wide and 3.5 cm concave (1.4 in.) while the dimensions of the smallest fragment are 5 cm (2 in.) long by 4 cm (1.6 in.) wide. Weight is 220 g (7.8 oz). Provenance: old private collection. They are guaranteed authentic. Some of the larger fragments are comprised of rejoined smaller fragments with minor restoration where parts were missing without refinishing or affecting the ancient parts (pictured). The restoration is “museum” style, which exposes the ancient parts and breaks, making visible the fragments’ history. 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. Kylix In the ancient Attic pottery, a kylix is a type of wine-drinking cup. It has a broad, relatively shallow, body raised on a stem from a foot and usually two horizontal handles disposed symmetrically. The primary use for the kylix was drinking wine (usually mixed with water, and sometimes other flavorings) at a symposium or male "drinking party" in the ancient Attic world, so they are often decorated with scenes of a humorous, light-hearted, or sexual nature that would only become visible when the cup was drained. Dionysos, the god of wine, and his satyrs, are common subjects. On the external surface sometimes, large eyes were depicted, probably also with humorous purposes (Eye-cup). The shape of the kylix enabled the drinker to drink whilst recumbent, as was the case in the symposia. It also enabled them to play kottabos, a game played by flinging wine lees at targets.