- a shallow cup resembling a saucer, having a central boss and sometimes set upon a foot, used as a drinking vessel or to pour libations.
Origin of phiale
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Historical Examples of phiale
In scenes of libation the use of the jug and bowl (phiale) is invariable.
Phiale comes after, a clever girl, captured in some sea-skirmish on the Aegean.The Works of Max Beerbohm
It was on the phiale or fountain of the outer court of this narthex that the famous palindromic inscription was placed: .
In the centre of the court stood a cistern or fountain (cantharus, phiale), for drinking and ablutions.