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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to an artist near the Kleophrades Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. with handles 3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm) width with handles 10 1/16 in. (25.5 cm) diameter of bowl 7 5/8 in. (19.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.62
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Interior, symposiast (participant in drinking party)

Known chiefly for his work on pots, the Kleophrades Painter is also associated with kylikes both early and late in his career. The man depicted here holds a cup, presumably filled with wine, in his left hand. With the cup in his right hand he plays kottabos—an after-dinner pastime in which the symposiasts knocked the finials off lamp stands with the lees remaining in their kylikes.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1962. "Painted Greek Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 21(1): pp. 6-7, fig. 7.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 193, no. 2 top, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 341, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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