Two-handled mugs are far less common than their single-handled counterparts; they appear to be experimental, with only a few forms appearing repeatedly. The body of this example is remarkably similar to that of the sessile kantharos in this catalogue, but it is the distinctive ring handles which have led us to calling it a mug.
This is an extremely rare form, for which we have not found an exact parallel.
ProvenancePrivate collection, Japan
Private collection, Montreal, Canada; acquired Sotheby's, 5th June 1999
Charles Ede Ltd, London, UK; acquired 2nd April 2014
Private collection, Wiltshire, UK; acquired from the above 20th June 2014