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Attic Red-figure Ram’s Head Kantharos

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Potter and Painter: Sotadesca. 460 B. CAthensClayH 22,8 cm

The potter Sotades became famous for his three-dimensional work, as he had signed several pieces. These artefacts are characterised by the minute attention to detail. This vessel, in the shape of a ram’s head, was used for liquid-offerings. Small tight curls represent the ram’s coat and even the age rings on the horns have been depicted. Above the head are two screech owls, sacred animals whose presence refer to the Greek goddess Athena. Two satyrs depicted on the back of the vessel are attempting to capture the screech owls with a glue trap, which is depicted under the handles.