Intact, except for a hairline crack to the foot, some scattered losses and wear to the lip and resting surface.
The kantharos (pl. kantharoi) is a cup used specifically for drinking wine and is commonly depicted on figured vases in Bacchic scenes where the god of wine, often in a state of inebriation, is holding such a cup. The kantharos is characterised by its deep bowl and two vertical handles. One subdivision of the shape which features in this catalogue is the sessile kantharos. The stability of this kantharos variant made it a popular form. The development of these vessels is so limited that it is assumed they all originate from one workshop, near to the Agora in Athens.
ProvenancePrivate collection, Europe; acquired mid-20th century
For a close example from an Attic workshop compare Brian A. Sparkes and Lucy Talcott, The Athenian Agora, Vol.XII, Black and Plain Pottery of the 6th, 5th and 4th centuries BC, Part 2 (Princeton, 1970), pl.29, no.704