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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Greek
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Kantharos
View: front
Creation Start Date: 200
Creation End Date: 299
Creation Date: about 3rd century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Bronze
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: H.3-11/16 x W.6-15/16 x D.3-3/16 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 99.92
Credit Line: Given in memory of Marion H. Andrus

The kantharos (plural, kantharoi), a type of drinking cup with two high loop handles and a deep bowl, is particularly associated with Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and vegetation. Its horizontal handles make this cup unusual, since they more closely resemble those of a shallower type of cup known as a kylix than those of other kantharoi. Since few ceramic examples of kantharoi survive, it is believed that they were more usually made of bronze, silver or gold. Metal examples, often destroyed by corrosion or melted down for other uses, are also rare.

AMICA ID: MIA_.99.92
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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