Black-figure kylix (stemmed wine drinking cup) [Π 10336]
Relatively small, black-figure kylix (stemmed wine drinking cup). Hemispherical body, slightly flaring slender stem and flat round base with hole on the underside; faintly out-curved rim and two horizontal, slightly upwards swinging handles with round cross-section. Handles, rim and stemmed foot are black glazed; black glazed interior except for reserved disc on bottom. On lower body banded decoration with rays and myrtle (or laurel) wreath; at junctions of handles and body, a stem with one palmette on each junction followed by dots interrupted in the middle by a chimaera on one side and a siren (or swan) on the other (facing right). Over the handles, a double ring sets a band of black tongues enclosed between lines. This vessel was found in front of the mouth of a burial pithos which contained the deceased, dated in the last quarter of the 6th century BC. Apparently the kylix had been used in the funerary ceremonies which would include pouring libations.