Kantharos

Drawings of kantharos

The kantharos (pl. kantharoi) is a deep vessel with two distinctive high handles. The stem of the foot is often tall. The form can be traced back to the eighth century, and kantharoi - perhaps metal versions- are frequently depicted on black- and red-figure vases, held by Dionysos or Herakles. Although the name is ancient (Greek kantharos - dung-beetle), it is not clear how precisely it was connected with this shape, and it seems that kotyle could have been used as well.

In the fourth century, the 'cup kantharos' is common. Its handles project horizontally, and do not return to join the body.

Boeotian kantharos ht. 7cm
  • Boeotian kantharos ht. 7cm
  • Boeotian black kantharoid cup - skyphos ht. 7cm Boeotian black kantharoid cup - skyphos ht. 7cm

  • Black kanthoroid trick vase ht. 12cm Black kanthoroid trick vase ht. 12cm
  • Boeotian red-figure kantharos ht. 20cm Boeotian red-figure kantharos ht. 20cm