Stemless cup with ring handles (skyphos)
Late Hellenistic Period
Height: 6.6 cm (2 5/8 in.); diameter: 9.7 cm; diameter (with handles) 17.3 cm
Medium or Technique
Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)
Broad cup with a deep body swelling outward toward the base. The lip of the cup is straight on the outside, but thickened and rolled over on the inside. Curved foot with incised concentric circles on underside of base. Ring handles with handle plates above, whose curving edges are decorated with openwork scrolls. At the ends of the rings, plates in the form of peltae are applied to the wall of the cup. Below the handles is a plate with a curvilinear silhouette and two cut-out circles. The lower part of the plate has an ivy-leaf-like shape, whose tip splits into two scrolls. Dotted Greek or Aramaic inscription under foot.
By 1981: with Mohammad Yeganeh, Bundenweg 7, 6000 Frankfurt/Main, West Germany (provenance suggested in acquisition paperwork: From the Near East [eastern Asia Minor to Afghanistan]); purchased by MFA from Mohammad Yeganeh, May 13, 1981.
Museum purchase with funds donated by Leon Levy