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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to Douris
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 490–480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
Diam.:W, 14 1/4 x H,4 1/2 in.
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Dietrich von Bothmer, 1976 (1976.181.3) Lent by the Musée du Louvre (L.1975.65.14–.17, .19)
Accession Number:
1976.181.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Interior, seated poet and youth
Exterior, obverse and reverse, youths and men

The seated man is identifiable as a poet through the lyre in his left hand and the inscription Egeas in the exergue. Although the name is not otherwise attested in this form, it may refer to Agias, or Hegias, of Troizen, mentioned in ancient literature as the author of the Nostoi, a poem now lost that narrated the return from Troy of various Greek heroes. On the exterior of the cup, the column and aryballos (oil flask) situate the scene in the gymnasium.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1976. "One Hundred Sixth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1975, through June 30, 1976." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Annual Report, 106: p. 46.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 114, pp. 106, 428, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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