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Esoteric and Mint Greek Silver Kantharos with Split Handles

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1323228
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This esoteric piece is a Greek silver kantharos that dates to the late Classical - early Hellenistic Period, circa 340-280 B.C. This piece is approximately 4.25 inches high, by 5.5 inches wide from handle to handle. This piece has a cast stem and handles that were attached to the main body of the piece, and the main body of this piece was made from very thin silver sheet. There is also a delicate beaded border seen at the rim and on the lower rounded base of the vessel. The two handles are split into two sections at about the midway point of each handle, and have two rounded decorative balls on the terminal end of each handle that is attached to the rim. Each handle also has a decorative floral element that acts as a wide attachment point, and is seen below the bottom base beaded extended rim. This beautiful piece has a light to dark gray patina with some spotty light green cuprite and dark brown mineral deposits. The overall construction of this piece took a high degree of skill, and was produced by a very accomplished artist. This type of vessel with this superior workmanship is analogous to other recorded vessels that have been found in the northern Balkans and the Black Sea region. This piece was also produced in possibly one of the great Greek trading centers in ancient Thrace, or the Dardanelles. This type of vessel is rare, and there are a only a few complete recorded examples. Another analogous example is seen in "Silver for the Gods", Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, 1977, Pl. 124, No. 78. Ex: Private Austrian collection. (Note: Additional documentation is available to the purchaser.) I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition: