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Terracotta kylix: eye-cup (drinking cup)

Attributed to Pheidippos
ca. 515–510 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; bilingual
H. 5 1/4 in. (13.4 cm); diameter 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm); width with handles 16 5/16 in. (41.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Interior, black-figure, Dionysos, the god of wine
Exterior, red-figure, between eyes, warrior, runner

Eye-cups were decorated not only in the black-figure technique but also in red-figure and in the combination of the two known as bilingual. While contemporary black-figure and red-figure eye-cups share many features, the red-figure examples often have figures on the interior and rather sparse decoration on the exterior.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. p. 50, figs. 39-40, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 63, 205, pl. 45b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. p. 50, figs. 39-40, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. pp. 44, 165, nos. 96 (p. 44), 6 (p. 165), Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Maffre, Jean-Jacques. 1972. "Deux pélikai attiques à figures rouges trouvées à Thasos." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 96(1): p. 355 n. 69.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 50, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

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