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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 535–500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm.) Diameter 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm.)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.250
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This cup shares some of the characteristics of both band cups and eye cups but also represents individual features, creating an unusual hybrid. As is typical of eye cups, a gorgoneion is depicted on the interior of the vase, and eyes, intended to ward away evil, are placed at the handles instead of palmettes. As is common on band cups, on the handle zone, a figural scene depicts a nude youth chasing a lion. But unlike either eye or band cups, the foot of the vase is without a stem and in the form of a disk.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Black-Figured Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(12): p. 297.

Smith, H.R.W. 1936. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America. University of California, Fasc. 5, Vol. 1. p. 23, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Attic Black-Figured Kylikes., Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America., Vol. 11, fasc. 2. no. 47, pls.XXI, XLII, Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press.

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