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Terracotta stemless kylix (drinking cup)

late 4th–3rd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Campanian, Calenian
Terracotta; black-glaze
H.: 2 x 4 7/8 in. (5.1 x 12.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Silver cups with medallions in low relief on the interior were favored luxury items in antiquity. Terracotta versions such as these suggest their appearance. One tondo shows the Eleusinian god Triptolemos in his snake-drawn chariot. The other cup features the head of Arethusa, taken from the reverse of a celebrated coin of Syracuse in Sicily. "Arethusa cups" were made and found principally in Campania.
Canessa, Ercole and Arthur Sambon. 1904. Vases Antiques de Terre Cuite: Collection Canessa, Bibliothèque du Musée. no. 171, p. 48, Paris.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1906. "Collection of Greek and Roman Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1(6): pp. 77-80.

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