Attributed to the Sokles painter by John Beazley, the original kantharos is now in the Antikensammlung Museum in Berlin and dates to the end of the 6th century B.C. It would have been used as a drinking cup at ancient Greek symposia.
Prominent figures from the Trojan War are depicted on both sides of the vessel, including Menelaos, the king of Sparta and husband of the infamous Helen, Patroklos, Achilles and the sea nymph Thetis, Achilles' mother. Achilles appears to be engaging with his semi-divine mother who frequently helped her son throughout the Iliad in his quest for everlasting glory. Detailed inscriptions help to identify the figures, who are brought to life by careful incision and added red paint. As Homer's epic poems were well known in antiquity, his tales would have been a popular topic of conversation at drinking parties.
This vessel was made and hand painted for us in Greece.
black-figure kantharos - Homeric warriors
- Code: VO-88
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- excl tax: £83.33