Roman Rhyton Phallus with Aries
This Roman chalice is handcrafted with its filigree and yet rustic Aries head design. Many kept the Laren - Roman House gods - for example in such a Rhyton - a sign of happiness, prosperity and peace of the household.
- Length 25-28cm
- Relief with widder head
- Small opening front for the sink
The Rhyton is a cult vessel of the Romans for ritual acts. Through the Rhyton, for example, wine is being dropped off on a consecrated altar. From this incense smoke rose. The Rhyta is also found in the Greek culture, both as painted and plain horns. A widder's head is a real artefact. And yet, you can of course drink from this conical cup.
Usually the opening on the front side is used for the drinking of wine. Originally they were made from animal horns (from aurochs for example) and known already in some older cultures, as, for example, the Minoic culture of Crete. The bull or widder’s head (Aries) is the most common design of Roman vessels. Yet, vegetable forms became known especially during the Victorian era in Britain and the second empire of Napoleon III in France.
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