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Terracotta kylix: eye-cup (drinking cup)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 530 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm) diameter 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.198.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse and reverse, between the eyes, dancing women

The Dionysiac iconography of drinking cups at the end of the sixth century B.C. includes the ornamental motifs as well as the figures. Here the irregular space around the handle is filled with a vine. On the large Nicosthenic cup nearby, the plant is ivy. The women most likely have some connection with the symposium (drinking party).
From Vulci

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 60, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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