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Terracotta stemless kylix (drinking cup)

Late Classical
late 4th–3rd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Campanian, Calenian
Terracotta; black-glaze
H. 1 15/16 in. (5 cm); diameter 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm); width with handles 6 11/16 in. (17 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
In relief, head of Arethusa

Silver cups with medallions in low relief on the interior were favored luxury items in antiquity. Although few examples survive, terracotta versions suggest their appearance. This piece belongs to an important group featuring the head of Arethusa, taken from the reverse of a celebrated coin of Syracuse in Sicily. These "Arethusa cups" were made and found principally in Campania.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 110, Gallatin pl. 64.8, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Horsnaes, Helle Winge. 2000. "A Second Metamorphosis of Arethusa." Between Orient and Occident: Studies in Honour of P.J. Riis. p. 52 n. 29, Copenhagen: National Museum of Denmark.

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