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Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/4 x 6 5/8in. (8.2 x 16.9cm); diameter 4 3/8in. (11.2cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.11.23
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Athena with goose
Reverse, Nike (the personification of victory) with phiale (libation bowl) and bird

The goose was traditionally associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Here, a startled goose is addressed by Athena. The shape of the skyphos is a special variety with one vertical, one horizontal handle.
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