ANIMAL ART OF THE DAY for World Donkey Day: The art of making an ass of yourself in ancient Greece

This drinking cup could not have been set down without its contents spilling. It is fashioned after the head of a bridled donkey with a white muzzle, teeth, and ears. Like the naked satyr chasing a fleeing maenad on the vessel’s neck, the donkey belongs to the retinue of the wine god Dionysos.

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Happy #WorldDonkeyDay! Here are the perfect party cups to celebrate with… The Donkey-Head Drinking Vessels of Ancient Greece Ceramic animal-head rhyta and similar drinking cups created by Attica potters were popular novelty items in Classical Greece (c. 480-323 BCE). These amusing mugs gave users the appearance of wearing an animal…

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