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Cylix, Greece, 451-400 BCE

Some cultures believed that bad spirits in the form of the ‘Evil Eye’ could inflict disaster and disease, or even death. This ceramic cylix or drinking cup has eyes painted on to the side to protect from the evil eye. It was made in a region of ancient Greece called Boeotia.

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Glossary: cylix

shallow cup with a small stem

Glossary: evil eye

A manifestation of magic, commonly regarded as a curse which may result in bad luck, illness or even death. It has a place in many different cultures.