miniature skyphos

Miniature Skyphos
6th century BCE
Diameter: 2 inches

A skyphos is a Greek drinking cup consisting of a wide circular opening, two handles, and a deep base. This particular object was produced in the 6th century BCE, during the Archaic period. It was simplistically decorated with black narrow lines, which were a popular technique used y artists in this period. This object can be classified as terra-cotta, since it was made from a type of waterproof clay that is semi-fired. This specific object is actually a miniature skyphos, with a diameter of only 2 inches.