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Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup with two vertical handles): heads of a satyr and a woman

Attributed to Aison
Attributed to the Class V: The Spetia Class of Head Vases
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 420 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 8 1/16 in. (20.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.122.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Obverse and reverse, libation scenes

The canonical kantharos was a drinking cup. This example is special because of the spout introduced into the woman's neck, a feature suggesting that the vase may have been used for offerings. The rendering of the satyr's head is impressively plastic, indeed sculptural.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1928. "Recent Accessions of Athenian Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 23(4): pp. 108, 111, fig. 2.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 102, 242, pl. 82g, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. pp. 1174, 1549, nos. 5 (1174), 2 (p. 1549), Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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