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(τὸ ῥυτόν/tò rhytón).

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I. Object

Funnel-shaped vessel for dispensing and drinking, usually ending in the head, or protome, of an animal; the name is derived from ῥύσις/rhýsis (‘stream’) because the liquid could run out through a small hole at the bottom as long as it was not held closed [1; 2].


1 F. von Lorentz, s.v. Rhyton, RE Suppl. 6, 643

2 W.H. Gross, s. v. Rhyton, KlP 4, 1426 f.

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II. Ancient Near East

The only evidence of rhyta in the Anc…

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Scheibler, Ingeborg (Krefeld) and Nissen, Hans Jörg (Berlin), “Rhyton”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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