Etruscan drinking cup (kyathos) with shallow bowl and tall vertical handle in the shape of a stylized animal head with pronounced horns. The flat base with two knobs to prevent that the cup overturns because of the heavy handle.
Kyathoi were used for drinking wine at symposia held by the Etruscan elite. The symposium was a Greek custom adopted by the Etruscans, who depicted these banquets in paintings on the walls of their tombs.
For identical cups cf. no. 182-183 in: J. Jucker. Italy of the Etruscans. Mainz 1991.
Ceramic, Impasto ware.
Etruscan, 750-650 BC.
H. handle 8.4 cm (3.3 in).
D. 6.9 cm (2.7 in).
Handle broken and reattached. The chipped off knobs on the base restored. Dark brown, nearly black impasto with carefully smoothened surface. Organic soil deposits and root marks in places.
Swiss art market (data will be disclosed to the buyer)