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Terracotta kylix: lip-cup (drinking cup)

Signed by Epitimos as potter
Related to the style of Lydos
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 550–540 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm) diameter 12 1/16 in. (30.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.78.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Interior, archer on horseback and warrior dismounting
Exterior, obverse and reverse, profile heads above, inscription between animals below

During the third quarter of the sixth century B.C., the lip-cup and the band-cup were the two preferred types of drinking cup. The lip-cup's exterior is clay-colored, and the usual decoration consists of a figural motif at the top and an inscription and palmettes below. Many variations occur, however. The profile head is a favorite motif, particularly associated with a painter called Sakonides but popular also with his contemporaries.
Signature: Signed by Epitimos as potter
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Black-Figured Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(12): pp. 297-8, figs. 3, 5.

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. X, XXXVII, Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 60, 201, pls. 41d-e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Bandinelli, Ranuccio Bianchi. 1958. Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale, Vol. 3. p. 376, fig. 458, Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1970. Perspective in Greek and Roman Art. p. 15, n. 2, figs. 41, 42, New York and London: Phaidon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. pp. 119, 685, no. 9, Add. 1, p. 119, New York: Hacker Art Books.

Brijder, Herman A. G. 1991. Siana Cups II: The Heidelberg Painter, Allard Pierson Series: Studies in Ancient Civilization, Vol. 8. p. 432, Amsterdam: Allard Pierson Museum.

Moore, Mary B. 2006. "Hoplites, Horses, and a Comic Chorus." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 41: pp. 44-5, fig. 17.

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