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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to Douris
ca. 500 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 4 7/16 in. (11.2 cm) width 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm) diameter 10 9/16 in. (26.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1986
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Interior, woman at laver
Exterior, athletes

The interior presents a lovely picture of a young woman at a laver. By her feet stands the bail amphora in which water was carried. She has her hair in a sakkos (snood) and wears a chiton that shows off the painter's skill in drawing and handling dilute glaze. The skyphos (deep drinking cup) and wineskin on the wall subtly introduce the symposium at which this cup was used and in which the youths on the exterior would soon participate.
Muscarella, Oscar White. 1974. Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection no. 59, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 1992. "Ancient Art: Gifts from The Norbert Schimmel Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 49(4): pp. 44-5.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 110, pp. 103, 427-28, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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