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Attic Greek sessile kantharos of the St. Valentine class, Circa 450 BC

Conservation:  Repaired
Material:  Terracotta
Dimensions:  12 cm high
Provenance:  K. J. Hewett, Kent 1975; Michael Shaw acquired in London 1991; acquired by Mr. Emiel Kusters from the above in 2006, Amsterdam


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The sessile kantharos type is a drinking vessel with two low vertical handles, rather than the high looped handles of the long stemmed kantharoi traditionally used by Dionysos. Sessile kantharoi are embellished with intricate foliate and geometric designs.

The name “Saint-Valentin class” comes from the place where a similarly decorated kantharos was found. The class has been divided by Seymour Howard and F. P. Johnson into a number of different groups on the basis of the patterns used.

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