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Fragmentary terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Triptolemos Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Dietrich von Bothmer, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.347.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Interior, woman with spindle near fountain house
Exterior, youths and women at fountain house

It is exceptionally unfortunate that this beautiful cup is so incomplete. The tondo depicts a finely dressed woman spinning thread as her hydria fills with water. On the exterior, young people converse at a fountain house, indicated by the columns and the lion's head spout at the far right. Fetching water was not a menial task. The subject, with figures shown in fancy dress, was favored for vases used in symposia (drinking parties).
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1979. "One Hundred Ninth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1978 through June 30, 1979." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 109: p. 34.

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