What is a rhyton?

What is a rhyton? Here are some definitions.

  1. A container from which fluids are intended to be drunk, having one handle and usually a base in the form of a head.
  2. A Thracian drinking horn.
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In the second specimen there is no large disk, and the figure is holding up what is apparently a rhyton or drinking-horn.
The wine was consumed in a variety of vessels including the kylix, skyphos, kantharos and rhyton.
A man, bearded, reclines on a couch, and holds up a rhyton in his right hand.
A rhyton is a drinking vessel typically taking a horned animal shape in a metonymous gesture to its function as an elaborate drinking horn.
A conical rhyton from the cemetery at Kameiros on Rhodes is even less easily understood.
The northern necropolis of Meroe yielded a wine vessel in the form of an Amazon figure riding a rearing horse and holding a pouring vessel of the type called rhyton.

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