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.
ProvenanceScott and Stuart Gentling, Texas, USA; acquired prior to 1980, thence by descent to their sister
Private collection, New York, USA; acquired December 2018
The twins Scott and Stuart Gentling were artists whose subject matters ranged from the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochitlan to Native American Indians. Their masterful book, Of Birds and Texas, a boxed portfolio of 50 paintings of birds and landscapes, was published in 1986 to universal acclaim.
For a close example but with a more elaborate stem and foot compare Knauss and Gebauer
Black is Beautiful: Griechische Glanztonkeramik (Munich, 2019), p.154, cat. no.122