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Skyphos (Corinthian type)

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This skyphos, or cup, is painted black and is decorated with small-scale geometric and floral patterns, in white, yellow, and red. The decorative scheme is characteristic of the Gnathia style pottery that was produced in Apulia in Southern Italy during the late fourth to early third centuries BCE.The decoration on the front side includes a highly stylized vine pattern consisting of grapes, leaves, and tendrils. On the back is a simple band of ivy. The shape is suitable for the symposium (drinking party), and the plant motifs are not only reminiscent of Dionysos and wine, but also suggest the way that garlands were actually suspended at the symposium.