Red-Figure Janiform Kantharos (Two-Sided Head-Shaped Drinking Cup): Satyr and African

Red-Figure Janiform Kantharos (Two-Sided Head-Shaped Drinking Cup): Satyr and African

c. 470–460 BC

assigned to Class K

(The Toronto Class)

Ceramic

Overall: 19.6 x 17.2 cm (7 11/16 x 6 3/4 in.); Diameter of base: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.); Diameter of rim: 15.3 cm (6 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1979.69

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This janiform kantharos is unique in juxtaposing heads of a satyr and an African.

Description

Combining two mold-made faces beneath a pair of vertical handles and a flaring, wheel-made lip, this unusual drinking cup is a variation of the kantharos, a vessel favored by the wine god Dionysos. A snub nose and equine ears identify the satyr, a relatively common type on such vessels. The glossy black face and red hair on the other side are more unusual, apparently meant to show an older African man, with white beard and eyebrows, and wrinkles around the eyes.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic

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