Double-Headed Red-Figured Kantharos

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 04 October 2016
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The moulded heads of a satyr and of a woman are joined back-to-back on this kantharos (drinking cup). Drinking from it, the (male) symposiast would have found himself confronted with 2 different images that represent opposites of himself. The same contrast is played out on the painted scene above, where wild Satyrs break into the civilized symposion. Greek, made in Athens, about 470 BCE. (The British Museum, London).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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