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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Villa Giulia Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 470 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure, white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm), diameter 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, Fletcher Fund, and Rogers Fund, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.11.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Interior, goddess at altar
Exterior, obverse and reverse, Eos pursuing Tithonos

In this exquisite depiction, a goddess—identifiable by her scepter—stands by an altar to pour an offering from a phiale (libation bowl). Details such as the phiale and the figure's bracelets and necklace are rendered in added clay, which originally would have been gilded. It is likely that the vase was specially commissioned for dedication in a sanctuary.
Inscription: The name of Tithonos is inscribed.
[Until 1979, with Galerie Antike Kunst Palladion, Basel, Switzerland]; acquired in 1979, purchased from the Galerie Palladion.
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. 33-4.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1980. Notable Acquisitions 1979-1980. pp. 14-5, New York.

Wehgartner, Irma. 1983. Attisch Weissgrundige Keramik: Maltechniken, Werkstätten, Formen, Verwendung. no. 79, pp. 71, 94, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

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. Eos, no. 153, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 41, p. 59, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Hera, no. 145, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 129, pp. 118, 430, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Connelly, Joan. 2007. Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece. pl. 8, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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