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Terracotta kylix: eye-cup (drinking cup)

ca. 520 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) width with handles 14 5/16 in. (36.4 cm) diameter of bowl 11 5/16 in. (28.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Interior, gorgoneion (Gorgon's face)
Exterior, obverse and reverse, between eyes, warrior

This is one of a few Attic cups with a so-called Chalcidizing foot that is characteristic of black-figure cups made by Greek potters in southern Italy. Though the question of priority has been much debated, the Attic examples are probably the earlier ones. The motif of ships occurs particularly on kraters (bowls for mixing wine and water) and kylikes during the late sixth century B.C. Analogies between sailing and the symposium (drinking party) appear in literature. Indeed, the effect of ships circumnavigating a drinking vessel full of wine must have been intoxicating in itself.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(7): pp. 166, 172.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1962. "Five Attic Black-figured Lip-cups." American Journal of Archaeology, 66: p. 258.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 93, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 90, pp. 86, 423, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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