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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 535–500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm.) Diameter 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm.)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.250
  • Description

    This cup shares some of the characteristics of both band cups and eye cups but also represents individual features, creating an unusual hybrid. As is typical of eye cups, a gorgoneion is depicted on the interior of the vase, and eyes, intended to ward away evil, are placed at the handles instead of palmettes. As is common on band cups, on the handle zone, a figural scene depicts a nude youth chasing a lion. But unlike either eye or band cups, the foot of the vase is without a stem and in the form of a disk.

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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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