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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

ca. 535–500 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm.) Diameter 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
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. pls.XXI, XLII, Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 100, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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