The kyathos can be best described as an ancient Greek dipper, a ladle, for the use of transferring and pouring wine. Originating in Etruria, the kyathos was exported to Attica and the rest of the Greek world, influencing Athenian potters to make their own version. Attic kyathoi, decorated in the black-figure technique, differed vastly to their Etruscan counterparts. Kyathoi with mythological scenes and recognisable figures were then exported back to Etruria. The Etruscans, realising the popularity of these figured ladles, reciprocated with their own style.
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