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Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

1st half of 8th century B.C.
Greek, Euboean
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Known as "pendant semicircle skyphoi," these vases have been found throughout the Greek world and the Levant wherever the far-flung Euboean trade and colonization extended. For all their artistic simplicity, their wide distribution makes them important chronological and cultural markers.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1710, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 176, pl. 16f, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Catling, H. W. 1973. "Observations on the archaeological survey in the area of Philamoundhi, Cyprus." Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus (RDAC), : p. 108, n. 7.

Gjerstad, Einar, Yves Calvet, Vassos Karageorghis, and Jean-Paul Thalmann. 1977. Greek Geometric and Archaic Pottery Found in Cyprus. p. 24, n. 22, pl. I, 10, Stockholm: Svenska Institutet i Athen.

Kearsley, R.A. 1989. "The pendent semi-circle skyphos : a study of its development and chronology and an examination of it as evidence for Euboean activity at Al Mina. Master's Diss." Master's Diss. no. 35, p. 20. Institute Of Classical Studies.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 135, p. 85, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 2002. Early Cyprus: Crossroads of the Mediterranean. pl. 315, Los Angeles, California: J. Paul Getty Museum.

de Menil Gallery. 2009. Uncovering Ancient Greece: Fifty Years of Archaeological Discoveries of Hugh Sackett. p. 41, Groton: The de Menil Gallery, Groton School.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. no. 4, pp. 11, 24, 44-4, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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