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- n. Plural form of rhyton.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of rhyton.
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These cups were used as rhyta, since they have a hole at their base through which liquid offerings could be made.
In one of the niches, we found three chalices with floral motifs and high stems, each of which has a hole at its base, meaning they were used as rhyta.
Elzevir Terence, printed in red letters, and a curious Birman book, whose pages consisted of thin leaves of ivory, gilded at the edges; and here too were black rhyta from Chiusi, and a cylix from Vulci, and one of those quaint Peruvian jars, which was so constructed that, when filled with water, the air escaped in sounds that resembled that of the song or cry of the animal represented on the vase or jar.
Side by side, on an ebony stand, lay an Elzevir Terence, printed in red letters, and a curious Birman book, whose pages consisted of thin leaves of ivory, gilded at the edges; and here too were black rhyta from Chiusi, and a cylix from Vulci, and one of those quaint Peruvian jars which
The final section of the show is dedicated to "international age" objects from the Near East, Egypt, and the Aegean that inspired designs well into the following millennium: faience bowls adorned with petal motifs; rhyta (vessels from which libations, such as wine, were poured) decorated with marine life and bulls 'heads; ivory plaques depicting the mistress of animals — a common Near Eastern motif featuring a seated female figure holding palm fronds and showing her mastery over a variety of flanking creatures — and animal combat scenes; and glazed tiles portraying Syrian, Amorite, Philistine, and Hittite leaders found in the mortuary temple of Ramesses III in Egypt.
It seems that there are no parallels of this type and, along with the other three rhyta in room 15, it may reinforce the interpretation of the Central Building’s double use as a place of worship and a crafts center.
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