A large example, the body of the vessel sits on a tall stem with a central fillet with a band of red pigment below. The spurred strap handles rise from the carinated bottom of the body and arch above the rim, to which they are connected by a bridge piece.
With Charles Ede Limited, London, 1983 George R. Francoeur Trust Collection, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, acquired from the above in 1983
The kantharos (pl. kantharoi) was a type of ancient Greek drinking cup. There are three types of kantharoi, and this particular example is of Type A. The iconic Type A is characterised by its distinctive and impressive high-arching handles. Kantharoi originated in the 8th century BC, and the form was most likely inspired by metal examples. For a similar example of the type, see Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Brussels 3, IIIG, pl. 5/3.
The kantharos was an attribute of Dionysus, the ancient Greek god of wine. In Attic vase-painting Dionysus is often depicted carrying a kantharos within Dionysiac and ritual scenes. See for example an Attic red-figure kylix by Douris, now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, inv.no. 00.499: Beazley Archive Pottery Database no. 205135.