American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hornlike drinking vessel of ancient times, often having a pointed end shaped like an animal or animal's head.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, a type of drinking-vase, usually with one handle. In its usually curved form, pointed below, it corresponds to the primitive cup of horn. The lower part of the rhyton is generally molded into the form of a head of a man or, more often, of an animal, and is often pierced with a small hole through which the beverage was allowed to flow into the mouth.
- Ancient Greek ῥυτόν (rutón). (Wiktionary)
- Greek rhuton, from neuter of rhutos, fluid, liquid. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It's technically known as a rhyton, which are usually used in religious places.”
“The rhyton (derived from the ancient Greek word, ρυτον) is a container from which fluids were intended to be drunk or poured as a libation in a religious ceremony.”
“Each rhyton has a hole at the bottom, through which liquids slowly flowed.”
“We uncovered this rhyton, shaped like a pig, in the niche of room 11.”
“Terracotta rhyton (ritual vessel) painted in "Marine Style”
“Visitors may recognize other hallmark Minoan artifacts in the show: clay tablets inscribed with the still-undeciphered Linear A writing, a bull's head rhyton carved from chlorite with gilded horns, and the "Chieftain's Cup," a carved steatite conical cup with processional scene (see photo gallery).”
“Also on display are several unprovenienced items from the Met's own collection, among them a ram's headed silver rhyton and two gold appliqués in the form of lions, purportedly from Iran.”
“I should add that the rendering of the moustache on the mask is similar to the locks of the mane on the lion-head rhyton; moreover, its shape is the same as the upper lip of two of the masks from grave circle A.”
“The small triangular beard growing below the lower lip of the mask also recalls the triangular beard of the lion-head rhyton.”
“Vermeule had noted this earlier, attributing both rhyton and mask to the same artist and citing them as characteristically Mycenaean works.”
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