High-handled drinking cup (kantharos)

Greek, East Greek
Archaic Period
550–525 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor (Turkey), Ionia, Miletus


Height: 17.3 cm (6 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



A wine cup with high looped handles and body in the shape of two male faces back to back; Faces have black eyebrows and black mustache. Whites of eyes painted white. Ivy vine around outside of rim. Around inside of rim a procession of water-birds in black-figure technique. Breasts of birds painted white. Repaired; one handle restored.
Body of vase mold-made.


By 1898, purchased in Rome by Edward Perry Warren (b. 1860 - d. 1928), London [see note 1]; 1898, sold by Edward Perry Warren to the MFA for $ 69,618.13. (Accession Date: September 20, 1898) [see note 2].

NOTES: [1] According to Warren's records. [2] This is the price paid for MFA accession nos. 98.641 - 98.940.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund