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Terracotta Little Master cup

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 565–550 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic, black-figure,
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm) diameter 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1903
Accession Number:
03.24.31
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
03.24.31: exterior, obverse and reverse, sphinx standing over a nude man

The larger cup demonstrates the basic decorative format of this popular shape. Here, the inscriptions are meaningless strings of letters framing the figural composition, but on other examples, they accurately record the artist's name, label characters depicted, or offer greetings. Little Master cups can be dated more precisely than most Etruscan vases and so are important indicators of the date of this tomb.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 27, figs. 65-66, New York: Marchbanks Press.

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. XII, XXXVIII, Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Ker, no. 20, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Sphinx, no. 175, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Langridge-Noti, Elizabeth. 2003. "Mourning at the Tomb: A Re-evaluation of the Sphinx Monument on Attic Black-figured Pottery." Archäologischer Anzeiger, 1: pp. 147-8, fig. 7.

Emiliozzi, Adriana. 2011. "The Etruscan Chariot from Monteleone di Spoleto." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 46: pp. 60, 61, fig. III.44.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 4.19b, pp. 46, 62, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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