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a shallow drinking cup with two handles; used in ancient Greece
An Ancient Greek drinking cup with a stem, two handles, and a broad, shallow body
The dig team unearthed a kylix at the site in Bergama.
Origin: From the Greek κύλιξ (kulix) (cup).
A kylix is a type of wine-drinking cup with a broad relatively shallow body raised on a stem from a foot and usually with two horizontal handles disposed symmetrically. The almost flat interior circle on the interior base of the cup, called the tondo, was the primary surface for painted decoration in the Black-figure or Red-figure styles of the 6th and 5th century BC. As the representations would be covered with wine, the scenes would only be revealed in stages as the wine was drained. They were often designed with this in mind, with scenes created so that they would surprise or titillate the drinker as they were revealed. The word comes from the Greek kylix "cup," which is cognate with Latin calix, the source of the English word "chalice."
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