The functional simplicity of this terracotta lends it a timeless elegance that appeals to contemporary tastes as much as it surely did to ancient ones. Even after the passage of millennia, the design of such a cup could hardly be improved upon. What did it once contain, we wonder, and who drank from it? Did those ancient people stop, as we do, to admire the grace of the cup as they held it in their hands? We feel in its presence a direct bond with those long-forgotten individuals.