noun (plural rhytons or rhyta /ˈrʌɪtə/ /ˈrɪtə/)
A type of drinking container used in ancient Greece, typically having the form of an animal’s head or a horn, with the hole for drinking from located at the lower or pointed end.
- This empire's wealth and grandeur is manifested in the quality and range of jewellery, metalwork and seal stones; the filigree and inlay designs on the jewellery and the rhytons (drinking vessels) stand out.
- 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.
From Greek rhuton, neuter of rhutos 'flowing'; related to rhein 'to flow'.
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