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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Euaion Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); diameter 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
96.18.119
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Interior, post, athlete with halteres (jumping weights) and trainer
Exterior, obverse and reverse, athletes and trainer

The representations here beautifully convey two fundamental aspects of athletic training, expressed in the Latin saying "mens sana in corpore sano" ( a healthy mind in a sound body). The interior depicts the mastery of a specific sport, in this case the long jump, and the discipline of the body. The exterior shows the easy, serious interchange among young men and their older mentors. The javelins and the strigil establish an athletic setting.
Said to be from Capua

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 793, no. 73, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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