A skyphos is a a two-handled deep wine-cup on a low flanged base or none. The handles may be horizontal ear-shaped thumbholds that project from the rim or they may be loop handles at the rim or that stand away from the lower part of the body.

Over a long period the shape remained the same while the style of decoration changed.

It was a popular shape, made in metal, pottery and glass during the later Hellenistic and early Roman periods (about 150 BC- AD 100).