Corinthian pottery of the 7th and early 6th centuries BC is noted for its rich ochre colouring and its depiction of mythical or actual animals and birds.

This example depicts a pair of facing cockerels, which were a symbol of male courtship.

The skyphos was a two-handled deep wine-cup on a low foot. The Corinthian prototype was later borrowed and modified by Attic potters. In Corinthian pottery a skyphos had horizontal handles and its shape is characterized by its inward curve of the lip.

There are some literary sources mentioning the skyphos. Athenaios, Greek rhetorician and grammarian (2nd - 3rd century AD), wrote that the skyphos was used by country people. Macrobius, Latin author (5th century AD), associated it with Heracles, who was thought to have commonly used the skyphos. 

Hand-painted for us in Greece.

dimensions etc Height: 6cm

Corinthian skyphos: facing cockerels

  • Code: VO-209
  • Status: In Stock
  • £30.00

  • excl tax: £25.00