Seller: finartco (36) 100%, Location: Nicosia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 252558230615 Material: Terracotta, Provenance: Old private collection, Details: AUTHENTIC ANCIENT ATTIC POTTERY UNGLAZED KYLIX LARGE FRAGMENT ca. 5TH CENTURY BC Offered is an exquisite large fragment from an ancient Attic unglazed kylix from ca. 5th century BC. The fragment has a beautiful and intricate intaglio design of eight palmettes forming a star and extending to a pattern of intaglio lines and dots. 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 fragment, ideal for a collection, reconstruction, impressive gift or first class home decoration. Dimensions are 11 cm (4.3 in.) long, 8 cm (3.2 in.) wide and 4 cm concave (1.6 in.). Weight is 128 g (4.5 oz). Provenance: old private. It is guaranteed authentic. The fragment has not been cleaned or restored with some original encrustation and soil deposits still 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. 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.