Hellenistic Greek bronze chalice, 3rd – 2nd century B.C.

From 323 B.C., with the death of Alexander the Great, the so-called Hellenistic period began in Greece, which would dominate the entire third century B.C. It is a period where theatricality predominates, so there will be a great development of art to impact. Therefore, the Hellenistic art is characterized by the search of perfect anatomies, rich qualities, dynamism, lights and shades. This piece is a bronze chalice, usually a cup or glass in which liquids such as water or wine are deposited for festivities or religious cults. This chalice would be designed to drink wine on Greek festivities or bacanales, surely in wealthy and well positioned families, as the piece is tremendously chosen and lustrous.


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