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Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

Attributed to the CA Painter
Late Classical
ca. 350–325 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Campanian
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Obverse, woman and Oscan warrior
Reverse, woman and youth

The CA Painter was the leading artist of a large Campanian workshop situated at Cumae rather than Capua. The frequent representation of Oscan warriors indicates the different environment. The Oscans were the original inhabitants of the region of Campania, and their language continued to be spoken until the first century B.C. The tripartite breastplate and the helmet with a crest and plumes are characteristic equipment of the warriors.
Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. no. 33, pp. 13, 25, 45, 152, 160-2, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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