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Terracotta kylix: eye-cup (drinking cup)

ca. 520–510 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm) diameter 10 5/8 in. (27 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Exterior, obverse and reverse, between eyes, nose
At the handles, youths

The eye-cup lent itself to many variations. Here the eyes, supplemented by the main features of a face, become the principal decoration of each side. The youths may be interpreted as athletes or revelers.
Said to be from Civita Castellana

Brooklyn Museum. 1937. The Art and Techniques of Ceramics: an exhibition presented by the Rockefeller Foundation internes of the Brooklyn Museum; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, June 24 to September 7, 1937. p. 46, New York.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Attic Black-Figured Kylikes., Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America., Vol. 11, fasc. 2. pls. XXVII, XLI, Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press.

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