The trailing ivy that decorates this graceful vessel is a symbol of the wine god Dionysus. In the Classical Age, his followers wore crowns of this vine to drinking parties, and the god himself carried a staff from which the plant grew magically. The presence of ivy on this otherwise simple pot indicates that it was originally used to hold wine. We can imagine it passing hand to hand at some ancient symposium. We can almost hear the laughter of the guests as they drank and talked far into the night.