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Bronze kylix (drinking cup)

Period:
Late Classical or Hellenistic
Date:
4th–3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H.: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) Diam.: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.97
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
This small bronze cup has a simple, round bowl set on a tall, narrow foot that widens at the lower end to a flat base. It has two thin handles that curve inward at the top. Cups of this shape were made in a variety of sizes and materials, including terracotta, bronze, silver, and gold.

This small bronze cup has a simple, round bowl set on a tall, narrow foot that widens at the lower end to a flat base. It has two thin handles that curve inward at the top. Cups of this shape were made in a variety of sizes and materials, including terracotta, bronze, silver, and gold. They were an important component of the symposium, which was a ritualized drinking party enjoyed by elite Greek men.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 596, pp. 216-17, New York: Gilliss Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 127, 267, pl. 107b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Vocotopoulou, Julie. 1975. "Le trésor de vases de bronze de Votonosi." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 99 (2). p. 769 n. 123.

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