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Etruscan terracotta bucchero kantharos. Burnished black ware with looped strap handles, insised bands to lip, notched ridge to body and flared foot. C.600-550 B.C.E. This is a particularly large example.
Kantharos are banqueting cups associated with Dionysos; God of wine. Used both for drinking and ceremonial purposes. The distinctive shape probably derives from metalware vessels.
Provenance: private collection 1970's. Restored by G.Garbe, 23, Charlotte Street, London 1977
A similar example can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. NY. Accession number 21.88.146