1. Greek name for a type of wine-drinking cup with a broad relatively shallow body raised on a stem from a foot and usually with two handles disposed symmetrically. The almost flat interior circle on the interior base of the cup, called the tondo, was the primary surface for painted decoration. Because the primary use for the kylix was at a symposium or "drinking party" in the ancient Greek world, they are often decorated with scenes relevant to that activity in the Black figure or Red figure styles of the 6th and 5th century B.C.
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