Owl Skyphos bowl

    SKU: cmcc43150

    £125.00 Members' price *


    Handmade and hand-painted, this bowl is based on an original within the British Museum collection which dates from 5th century BC Greece.

    This pottery is called a skyphos (drinking cup) and was used to hold wine at a symposium (drinking party). Many skyphoi of this kind were manufactured and painted in south Italy, in the many Greek colonies there, hence the name Magna Graecia (‘greater Greece’) given to that southernmost part of Italy. This work represents a type of skyphos in which one handle is vertical and the other horizontal. Because an owl is frequently the decoration, the shape is known as a glaux, the Greek word for owl.

    The Owl skyphos is one of the most iconic ceramics from the ancient Greek world. This is because an owl was used as a symbol for the Goddess Athena, shown as an owl perched in the sacred olive groves of Athens. This beautiful design features on both sides of the pot. A sign of craftsmanship, the artists' signature is written by hand on the base.

    Drink as the ancient Greeks did thousands of years ago. Own a piece of history by purchasing this unique ornament.


    Product code: cmcc43150
    Exhibition: Pompeii and Herculaneum
    World culture: Ancient Greece
    Materials: Terracotta clay
    Details: Handmade and hand-painted
    Size: 10cm long x 16.5cm wide
    Weight: 0.5kg
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