Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup), Attributed to the Painter of London E 777, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

Attributed to the Painter of London E 777
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 450 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
diameter 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
96.18.73
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, youth and man
Reverse, two youths

The figures here give the impression not of human beings in motion but rather of animated sculptures. Their proportions and poses—two open with arms outstretched, two closed—make the decoration an unusually interesting academic exercise.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 943, no. 76, Oxford: Clarendon Press.