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Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

Attributed to the Theseus Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm) diameter 8 13/16 in. (22.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.230.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
The god of the sea, Poseidon, riding sea horse
Under each handle, heron

Many wine vessels were decorated with images related to the sea. Here Poseidon or the kindly old sea god Nereus rides an undulating sea horse.
Richter, Gisela M. A., Marjorie J. Milne, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1922. Shapes of Greek Vases. New York.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 28, fig. 170, New York: Plantin Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 75, 217, pl. 57b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. p. 703, Add. 1, pp. 518-21, New York: Hacker Art Books.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Nereus, no. 15, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Scheibler, Ingeborg. 2000. "Attische Skyphoi für attische Feste." Antike Kunst, 43: p. 28 n 97.

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