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Terracotta kylix: band-cup (drinking cup)

Attributed to the manner of Elbows Out
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 560–550 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 5 in. (12.7 cm) diameter 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.157
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse and reverse, cockfight

In the treatment of shapes as well as decoration, Attic vase-painting offers an endless array of permutations. Here the cockfight appears on a band-cup, which would have been used at a symposium (drinking party). This artist uses less detail than Tleson, for instance, yet he effectively characterized the birds' bulk and their eager heads.
Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. p. 251, no. 8, New York: Hacker Art Books.

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