Silver kantharos in form of two heads back-to-back; repousse decoration on neck; Lycian inscription. One head is female while the other is male and wears a Phrygian cap. On the neck of the vessel, the Judgement of Paris is shown in relief. The figures are named in Lycian script in gilded panels. On the front are Perdreta (Aphrodite), Mal(eia) (Athena) and Alekss(k) (Alexandros/Paris). On the other side were Hermes (only a wing from his cap remains) and Hera, now missing. The vessel was probably cast roughly into shape and then the heads were modelled from the inside using the repoussé technique. The final details were tooled from the outside. The handles (now missing) and possibly the base, part of which survives, were added separately. Many of the details were gilded to create a polychrome effect. Part of the inlaid eyes are preserved. These were filled with clear glass for the 'whites' and darker glass for the iris and pupil.

An00022862 001 l


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Tell el-Maskhuta
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Classical Greek

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