Gold kantharos (drinking cup with two high vertical handles)

Period: Late Helladic I

Date: ca. 1550–1500 B.C.

Culture: Helladic, Mycenaean

Medium: Gold

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.