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Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

mid-5th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); diameter 4 in. (10.1 cm); width with handles 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse and reverse, owl between olive sprigs

This work represents a type of skyphos in which one handle is vertical and the other horizontal. Because an owl is frequently the decoration, the shape is known as a glaux, the Greek word for owl.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 105, Gallatin pl. 60.5, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Johnston, Alan W. 1979. Trademarks on Greek Vases. p. 29, Warminster, England: Aris & Phillips.

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