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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Painter of Würzburg 487
Period:
Classical
Date:
mid-5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
width 11 3/4in. (29.9cm); diameter 9in. (22.9cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernest Brummer, 1957
Accession Number:
57.12.21
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Interior, Eros at a herm
Exterior, obverse and reverse, banqueters

The earliest herms were square stone pillars terminating in a bearded head of Hermes, the god of boundaries. They were introduced in Athens about 520 B.C by Hipparchos, the son of the tyrant Peisistratos, to mark points midway between the various Attic villages and the Athenian Agora. Soon herms stood before private houses and sanctuaries, as well.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 836, no. 14, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Eros, no. 449, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1990. Herakles-Kenchrias, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 5. Hermes, no. 109, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

De Cesare, Monica. 1997. Le statue in immagine: Studi sulle raffigurazioni di statue nella pittura vascolare greca, Studia archaeologica, Vol. 88. cat. no. 326, Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Rückert, Birgit. 1998. "Die Herme im öffentlichen und privaten Leben der Griechen : Untersuchungen zur Funktion der griechischen Herme als Grenzmal, Inschriftenträger und Kulturbild des Hermes." Ph.D. Diss. p. 253. S. Roderer Verlag.

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