Kyathos. Etruskisk

Etruscan, 540 BC-520 BC

Fired clay. 17,8 cm
Inventory number: H695

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This cup stands on a low foot. The rim is slightly oblique and is decorated with a zigzag pattern along the edge. The handle consists of a tall loop on one side. On the inner side there are engraved wavy lines and a satyr mask in relief. This form of a single-handled cup is known as a kyathos. In ancient times it was used to ladle wine. The cup is made in Etruscan bucchero ceramic, which is characterised by its black colour and its unpainted surface. Like many of Thorvaldsen’s other Etruscan artefacts, this kyathos presumably came from the city of Vulci.