"...and the whole night long swift Achilles, taking a two-handled cup in hand, drew wine from a golden bowl and poured it upon the earth..." Homer, Iliad 23.215ff.
Two-handled cups of this shape have been found in Early Bronze Age contexts throughout the northeast Aegean, including at Troy. They were called depas cups by the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890) after Homer's use of the term depas amphikypellon in the Iliad in reference to a two-handled cup used by Achilles. Schliemann was famously concerned with linking his finds at the archaeological site of Troy to the bard's epic, hence his naming of a rich jewelry hoard, "The Jewels of Helen." In reality, the hoard, along with this cup, date to the early Bronze Age, thus predating the events of the Trojan War, which most likely took place in the 13th-12th century B.C.
Depas cups in gold or silver are exceedingly rare. Another silver example somewhat more elongated than the example presented here is in the British Museum (Accession no.1956.1212.1). More common are the pottery versions that had a wide distribution throughout the Aegean world, with find spots including Troy, Lycia, and Caria in Asia Minor, and the Cyclades, Skyros, Peukakia, Orchomenos, Limnos and elsewhere in Greece (see nos. 178a-c in J. Aruz, ed., Art of the First Cities, The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus). An Akkadian alabaster stele fragment in Baghdad shows a soldier carrying a depas cup, presumably of precious metal, the spoils of a successful military campaign (see no. 104 in F. Basmachi, Treasures of The Iraq Museum).
The cup presented here was hammered from a single sheet of silver. The hollow handles are also formed of silver sheet, rolled into slightly-tapering tubes and soldered in place.