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Terracotta cup: cow's hoof

Attributed to a painter recalling the Brygos Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 470–460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.11.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Herdsman with two cows, god, and hare

Because landscape is rarely depicted on Attic vases, the amount of detail here is exceptional. Moreover, the herdsman's attire—shoes and a cap and cloak of fur or hide—suggests cold weather.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1938. "An Athenian Cup in the Form of a Cow's Hoof." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 33(10): pp. 225-6, figs. 1-4.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. p. 111, fig. 80, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 88, 229, pl. 69i, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. p. 111, fig. 80, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Cohen, Beth. 2000. Not the Classical Ideal: Athens and the Construction of the Other in Greek Art pp. 169, 171, Leiden: Brill.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. pp. 28-9, fig. 15, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Calder, Louise. 2011. Cruelty and Sentimentality: Greek Attitudes to Animals, 600-300 BC. no. 21, pp. 21, 167, Oxford: Archaeopress.

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