Kylix: A footed vessel with two handles and a wide bowl suitable for airing wine.
The cup tells the story of Dionysos, who after his capture by pirates, terrified them by flooding his ship with wine, causing a great vine to sprout from the mast, and creating illusions of wild beasts. The pirates were so frightened, they jumped from the ship. They were instantly transformed into dolphins, shown leaping about on the rim of the cup.
The kylix, or shallow wine cup was a table-top piece used at all meals. Many were highly decorated to adorn banquet tables and spoke of the good taste of the host.
This kylix of Dionysos Crossing the Sea was painted by the famous 6th century artist, Exekias, and the original is found in the Museum Antiker Kleinkunst, in Munich.
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