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Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

ca. 500 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Richard A. Van Every Gift , 1964
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, between hunters, lioness felling fallow deer
Reverse, between hunters, lion felling deer

This vase gives noteworthy testimony to the persistence of tradition in Attic vase-painting. Introduced from the Near East and depicted as early as Geometric vases, the motif of a feline felling a bull or deer appears here in mannerly, decorative form. The hunters to either side reflect the predilection for symmetrical compositions with decorative elements, figural or floral, at the handles. The shape of the skyphos readily accommodates the narrative frieze.
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