Attic dinos, ca. 540 BC, Louvre Cp 11243

In the typology of ancient Greek pottery, the dinos (plural dinoi) is a mixing bowl or cauldron. Dinos means "drinking cup," but in modern typology is used (wrongly) for the same shape as a lebes, that is, a bowl with a spherical body meant to sit on a stand. It has no handles and no feet.[1]

The Dinos Painter, one of the ancient Greek artists known for vase painting, takes his name from the type of vase characteristic of his work.[2]

Dinos were used for mixing water and wine, as it was considered rude to drink straight out of the goblet, at the time.

See also


  1. ^ Brian A. Sparkes, Greek Pottery: An Introduction (Manchester University Press, 1991), pp. 62, 81, 83.
  2. ^ Sparkes, Greek Pottery, p. 115.