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GREECE Costumes of Greeks Banquet Clothing & Drinking Utensils --- Tinted Antique Lithograph Print by Racinet


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  • Tinted Lithograph - Original vintage antique print
  • Year of printing: 1878
  • Condition: Excellent

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Overall dimensions of print: Including blank margins: 10 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches --- 1 inch = 2,54 cm --- Type of paper: heavier, matte finish --- Artist: Albert Racinet --- Publisher: Imp. Firmin Didot --- Legend to the illustrations in the print: 1. Cratère, a grand vase to carry water and wine; 2. Khateros, a goblet with two handles; 3. A guest crowned with ivy, holding in one hand a big coupe and in the other a rhyton in the shape of horn. The first rhytons were real horns of animals, later, they were replicated from various other materials. These vases in the shape of horn were called keras; 4. A Greek woman carrying a tray with honey and a vase to drink; called karkhesion or kantharos. The shape of the tray seems square: it is the one that Homèr gives to all dishes of his time; 5. A drinking vase, shown with a hand to indicate the proportion of the vase; 6. Kylix, a deep circular goblet with two handles and a base; 7. Capis, a wine pot with a handle; 8. Eydria, a water vase; 9. Various forms of coupes, those that were widened were called phial; 10. A bed, decorated with rich fabric and various cushions; 11,12,13, and 14. Rhytons with different faces and various size. Often they were pierced at the bottom, and the drinker held the vase raised so the liquid would flow into his mouth; 15 and 16. Different positions of the two sexes enjoying meal. The man is reclining down, the woman is seated upright; 17. Acroama, a feast where women were relaxed on the bed in the same fashion as men. A flute player accompanies a dancer. The square low table, has drawers. The dove indicates that the banquet is probably given in honor of Venus; 18. A vase with a stopper for canned foods, with a label; 19. A bag or sack, also labeled; 20 and 21. Vases of glass, containing fruits. Glass vases decorated the table, and because of lack of glass material, they were sometimes made of wax; 22. A bread basket.


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