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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the manner of the Pistoxenos Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480–470 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 3 7/8 in. (9.9 cm) diameter 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
96.18.143
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Interior, kithara player
Exterior, obverse and reverse, symposium (drinking party)

The decoration of the exterior is carefully placed. When the cup was suspended, the underside of the foot with the black band melded with the impression of the continuous couch on which the figures are reclining. A representation such as this one implies the homosexual relationships between men and youths that were part of an Athenian male's culture.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 863, no. 3, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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