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mastos cup

A drinking cup shaped like a breast, with a nipple at its base.

Shape: The usual handle configuration seems to have been to place one looped handle horizontally, and another set vertically, just below the lip. The bowl and the lip are in a continuous curve.

History: The Attic potters seem to have taken the shape from Corinth. The surviving Athenian examples date from the second quarter of the sixth century. A vessel of this shape is depicted on a vase as hanging from the wall.

Term: The ancient name is attested to in literary sources.

  • Athenaios, 11.487b: "according to Apollodoros of Kyrene the Paphians call a drinking cup a mastos."

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