Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta stemless kylix (drinking cup)

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 500–475 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-glaze, coral red
Dimensions:
H. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm); diameter 4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1384
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This cup and its counterpart, 74.51.1385, are noteworthy for their elegant shape, fine potting, and use of a coral red slip. During the second quarter of the fifth century B.C., there was renewed interest in colorful effects on Attic vases, leading to a resurgence of special techniques such as white ground and coral red. It is interesting also that the two cups were found on Cyprus.
From Cyprus

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1885. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 1. pl. CXLVII.1088, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1733, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America 11. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2. Attic Black-Figured Kylikes. pls. XXXV, XLII, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

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