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Drinking Beer With Dionysus

A silver rhyton with the head of a wild cat, is an artifact of the Parthian culture (modern-day Iran), dating back to 1 B.C.
A silver rhyton with the head of a wild cat, is an artifact of the Parthian culture (modern-day Iran), dating back to 1 B.C.

This ornate object is the ancient equivalent of the tumbler or the decanter, and was widespread in a vast region, extending east and west of modern-day Iran.

Called a rhyton, it was a vessel to be drunk out of or poured from. Typically, in the shape of an animal’s head or a horn, it had a hole in the front, from which liquid flowed. Those made of silver, gold, or gemstones were luxury wares in royal courts.

The early Greeks coveted them as prestigious Oriental products.

h/t: THE MET

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