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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Signed by Hegesiboulos as potter
Attributed to the Hegesiboulos Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm) diameter 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.47
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Interior, foreigner with his dog
Exterior, obverse, symposium (drinking party); reverse, komos (revel)

In technique and execution, this cup represents the kind of enterprising and accomplished artist who flourished in Athens during the late sixth and early fifth centuries B.C. The technique is red-figure enhanced by a coral-red slip, a short-lived experiment. The decoration is exceptional for the trenchant observation that underlies the spirited rendering. The man on the interior is often identified as Levantine. His physiognomy would have been as outlandish to an Athenian as the appearance of his dog.
Signature: Signed by Hegesiboulos as potter
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