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Terracotta kylix: lip-cup (drinking cup)

Signed by Tleson as potter
Attributed to the Tleson Painter
ca. 540 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 6 9/16 in. (16.7 cm) width with handles 12 1/4 in. (31.2 cm) diameter 9 3/16 in. (23.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Exterior, obverse, hen above; below, Tleson, son of Nearchos, made [me]

Tleson was one of the most prolific and meticulous potters of lip-cups. We know a bit about him because his signature often constitutes the major decoration of the exterior. From his signature, we also know that his father was Nearchos, one of the foremost innovators of the preceding generation; a work by him is displayed nearby. Tleson may have painted the vases he made; in the absence of proof, his collaborator is called the Tleson Painter.
Signature: Signed by Tleson as potter

Inscription: Inscribed: "Tleson, son of Nearchos, made [me]"
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(7): pp. 166, 173.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1962. "Five Attic Black-figured Lip-cups." American Journal of Archaeology, 66: pp. 257–58, fig. 7, pl. 66.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 74, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. no. 13, pp. 13, 24, 80-82, 86, 88, 92, 94, 98, 139, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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