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Apulian kalathos in Gnathian style, circa 325-300 BC, Metropolitan Art Museum.

A kalathos (plural kalathoi) is a vase in the form of a top hat, used to hold wool or fruit, often used in ancient Greek art as a symbol of fertility.[1][2]

In Cyprus, figures of a female wearing a crown (polos in the shape of a kalathos), identified as Aphrodite, have been found all over the island. The kalathos has traditionally been interpreted as a fertility symbol, reserved for goddesses or their priestesses.[3]


  1. ^ "Definition of Kalathos". Dictionary.com. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  2. ^ "Black-figure kalathos". Museo Galileo. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  3. ^ Giorgos Papantoniou (2012). Religion and Social Transformations in Cyprus. BRILL. pp. 243–244. ISBN 9004233806. 

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