Period: Late Helladic I
Date: ca. 1550–1500 B.C.
Culture: Helladic, Mycenaean
Dimensions: Overall: 3 1/8 x 6 5/8 x 3 1/2 in. (7.9 x 16.8 x 8.9 cm)
Classification: Gold and Silver
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number: 07.286.126
The kantharos, one of the oldest Greek vase shapes, first became prominent during the Middle Helladic period (ca. 2000–1600 B.C.). While the cup and handles of this example are ancient, both show evidence of reworking, and it is possible that elements have been combined that did not originally belong together.