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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to Makron
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 3 11/16 in. (9.3 cm) diameter 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
96.18.70
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Interior, youth
Exterior, obverse and reverse, youths

The charm and sense of verisimilitude in this cup come from the simplicity and directness of the decoration. The youth on the interior is an integral part of the world depicted on the exterior, which in turn is that of the symposium (drinking party). The homogeneity or continuity between the work of art and the context in which it was used is an important ingredient in understanding these objects.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 73, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 475, no. 269, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kunisch, Norbert. 1997. Makron, Forschungen zur antiken Keramik. II Reihe, Kerameus, Vol. 10. pl. 483, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

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