Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Gr. archæol., a large water- or wine-vase closely resembling the hydria, but generally with a shorter neck, and provided merely with the two small handles on the sides of the paunch, the larger handle behind being absent. Sometimes called olla.
“The Minotaur Stamnos was exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1980, and published in 1977 by Cornelia Isler-Kerényi, who highlighted the singularity of this particular vase in that 'the three protagonists are placed in such a way that, on turning the stamnos around, only one figure is visible at a time: a threefold grouping made possible through the absence of the handles and which is therefore rare, if not unique'.”
“A stamnos was used for storing or serving wine at symposiums (drinking parties).”
“Beautiful Arleades' indicates that the stamnos was almost certainly a gift to a youth from an older man.”
“Dated to circa 510 B.C., and from the Athenian workshop of the Antimenes Painter, this Greek stamnos (vase) shows the bull-headed beast running from the pursuing Theseus, with Ariadne looking on.”
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