Rhyton (Drinking Vessel) in the Shape of a Donkey Head, c. 460 BCE. Greek, Attica. 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.
A delightful English silver stirrup cup in the form of an upturned fox head. Expressive and intricate, the George V-era cup features an engraved crest on the underside of the jaw. Traditionally, stirrup cups were used for farewell drinks, often offered to a rider already mounted for departure. Excellent condition. Hallmarked London, 1912