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Branko van Oppen
by Allard Pierson Museum
published on 15 February 2020

The ancient Persian tradition of drinking or pouring wine from rhyta (drinking horns) was eagerly adopted in Classical Greece – despite the great political enmity between Greece and Persia. In the Hellenistic Age, rhyta in different materials remained popular. This example from Campania terminates in a highly naturalistic head of a roe deer (19.5 cm in length; ca. 3rd cent. BCE; APM inv. no. 787).

Image courtesy of the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam.

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