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Terracotta kylix: eye-cup (drinking cup)

Attributed to Pheidippos
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 515–510 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; bilingual
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.8
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.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 95, Gallatin pl. 46.1a–c, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

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, 6, 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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