Rhyton(redirected from rhyta)
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an ancient drinking vessel that was in the shape of a horn and had a small opening at the lower narrow end. Usually used for wine, rhytons were made from metal, clay, or horn and were decorated with reliefs and engravings. A rhyton with a broad and shortened body and a base—sometimes with a handle—in the shape of an animal head was typical of ancient Greek art. An Asiatic rhyton had an elongated body and a base in the form of a sculpted animal or manlike figure.