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Terracotta stemless kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Marlay Painter
ca. 430 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); diameter 8 11/16 in. (22 cm); width with handles 11 9/16 in. (29.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Interior, symposium (drinking party)
Exterior, obverse and reverse, seated man and woman with phiale (libation bowl)

While the execution is not refined, the composition of the cup is artful indeed. The interior is noteworthy for the use of the tondo as a porthole and for the frontal view of the symposiasts. The libation scene on each side of the exterior presents wine in a different context. Both the symposium and the libation were significant institutions in the life of an Athenian citizen.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 14, Gallatin pl. 24.1,–.2, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 101, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1279, no. 45, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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