Rhyton

An ancient earthen or metal vessel used in ceremonies and for drinking wine. It has a specific form – usually a horn with the end usually modeled as an animal head or torso. It was decorated with painted or carved figures. The rhyton has no stand and can’t be placed on the table as a normal cup. Most often it has an opening at the bottom end and the fluid flows through it like a funnel and one controls the flowing by closing and opening the hole with a finger. It was spread in the Southwest Asia and Anatolia, Greece, Thrace, Scythia and South Italy. In Thrace the rhyton replaced the horn and became an integral part of their life and religious ceremonies. There it found a wide distribution and was used a lot.

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