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  • Kalathos, tray, and animal bones near the possible bench (room 14)

    Picture 71 « Field Notes 2005 « Interactive Dig Crete – Zominthos Project

  • Afterwards she had been daily employed in the service of the god whom she was accustomed to regard as the greatest and most powerful of all the immortals, for often from a distance she had seen the curtain of the sanctuary pushed aside, and the statue of Serapis with the Kalathos on his head, and a figure of Cerberus at his feet, visible in the half-light of the holy of holies; and a ray of light, flashing through the darkness as by a miracle, would fall upon his brow and kiss his lips when his goodness was sung by the priests in hymns of praise.

    The Sisters — Volume 1

  • a white wool basket (_Kalathos_) and on her lap is a frame somewhat in the form of a lyre, being formed by two upright pieces with knobs at the top, diverging slightly towards the top, across between which are stretched two threads at the top and two at the bottom, seven vertical threads being also visible.

    Ancient Egyptian and Greek Looms


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  • s a vase in the form of a top hat, used to hold wool or fruit, often used in ancient Greek art as a symbol of abundance and fertility.12

    The word kalathos means a basket, usually with a narrow base and a flared top. The decoration on some of these containers is taken to imitate the woven texture of a basket. This can be achieved by a painted design, but many kalathoi have open-work cut into their sides 3 and some have impressed decoration. Kalathoi may occur with or without handles. In both the Greek and Roman worlds these baskets had many uses, but were especially associated with wool working and the harvest.4

    Woman hand spinning; a kalathos on the ground. Attic red-figure lekythos, 480–470 BC.

    The kalathos is principally a multifunctional basket. Literary sources report that, depending on the context, the kalathos could contain wool, but also food (bread, cheese, milk, fruits and vegetables), small animals or flowers. The kalathoi were most often made of willow rods, but other examples made from clay, metal, glass and stone are also known. A silver kalathos with a golden rim is mentioned by Homer as belonging to Helen, this one even ran on wheels. Kalathoi are also depicted on Greek vases in other contexts. Illustrations on south-Italian vases make use of the kalathos as a symbol of a future marital relationship.5

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  • kalathoi, plural

    October 27, 2015