Geometric Kantharos (Drinking Cup) (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

720-700 BC
Greek (Boeotian)
Overall: 6 × 8 3/8 × 6 3/8 in. (15.24 × 21.27 × 16.19 cm)
No one knows whether the diplyon shield was actually used or if it was simply an artistic motif, perhaps derived from figure-eight shields in Mycenaean art. The form evolved into the “Boeotian” shield, which probably only existed in art and which served as a civic emblem on coins minted in the Boeotian city-state of Thebes.
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
“From Pasture to Polis: Art in the Age of Homer,” Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri (Columbia, MO): 10 October-5 December 1993; Berkeley Art Museum at the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA): 1 January-30 March 1994; Sackler Museum at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA): 22 April-19 June 1994.
Langdon, Susan, ed. From Pasture to Polis: Art in the Age of Homer, exhibition catalogue. Columbia, MO and London: University of Missouri Press, 1993, cat. no. 12, pp. 68-70.
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