Apulian Sessile Kantharos
An ancient Apulian Greek black glazed sessile kantharos, a wine cup, with two vertical handles. Rows of diamond patterns framed by bands of dots and vertical lines decorates the area between the handles.
Ca. 5th century BC.
The sessile kanthoros type is a drinking vessel with two low handles, rather than the high looped handles of the kantharoi traditionally used by Dionysos. South Italian drinking vessels decorated like this were modeled on Attic vases from the 5th century BC with similar decoration.
Cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 56.171.60; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, inv. no. 81.84.
Formerly in a New York private collection.