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Classical red-figure one-handled skyphos (cup) with an owl, symbol of wisdom

Hand-painted red-figure one-handled skyphos (cup) depicting an owl, symbol of wisdom 

Hand-painted red-figure one-handled skyphos (cup) depicting an owl, symbol of wisdom. A timeless and unique souvenir from Greece!

In Ancient Greece the skyphos was usually a two-handled deep wine-cup on a low flanged base or none. This one is decorated with an owl in the black-figure painting technique.The black-figure pottery painting, also known as the black-figure style or black-figure ceramic is one of the styles of painting on antique Greek vases. It was firstly appeared on the 7th century and was in use till the 5th. Although there are specimens dating as late as the 2nd century BC

In Greek mythology, the owl (Athene noctua) was associated with Athena, the greek goddess of wisdom, handicraft, warfare, patron and protectress of the city of Athens. In the Ancient Greek art the goddess is usually portrayed holding an owl on her hand or with her shield which is often decorated with an owl.
Hence, as a result of such an association the owl, also known as  the owl of Athena or the owl of Minerva, is worldwidely considered as a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, perspicacity and erudition. 



12 x 10 x 10 centimeters
4.72 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches






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