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Terracotta kylix: band-cup (drinking cup)

Attributed to the manner of Elbows Out
ca. 560–550 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 5 in. (12.7 cm) diameter 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
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.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America 11. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2. Attic Black-Figured Kylikes. pls. XV, XXXVIII, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. p. 251, no. 8, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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