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Terracotta kylix: Siana cup (drinking cup)

Attributed to the C Painter
ca. 575 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
diameter 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1901
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 172
Interior, gorgon
Exterior, obverse, Achilles pursuing Troilos and Polyxena; reverse, horsemen

The C(orinthianizing) Painter takes his name from the strong influence of Corinthian vase-painting on his style. He particularly favored the Siana cup, which afforded him an ample, regularly shaped surface over which to deploy mythological narratives. The C Painter has chosen a later moment in the Troilos story than the Painter of London B 76. The hare and bird emphasize the speed of Achilles' pursuit.
Until 1899, collection of Henry Hoffmann, Paris; May 1899, purchased by Henry de Morgan at the Hoffmann sale at Hôtel Drouot, Paris; 1899-1901, collection of Henry de Morgan, Paris; acquired in 1901, purchased at the de Morgan sale at the American Art Galleries, New York.
Beazley, John D. 1934–1936. "The Troilos Cup." Metropolitan Museum Studies, 5(1): pp. 93–96, 101, figs. 1–3.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 59, 201, pl. 41a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. pp. 51, 681, no. 4, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction. no. 7, pp. 18–19, 69, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. "Greek Vase Painting." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 31(1): no. 5, pp. 16–18, 67.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1981. Vol. 1: Aara-Aphlad. "Achilleus," p. 83, no. 307, pl. 88, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Beazley, John D. 1986. The Development of Attic Black Figure, Vol. 24, 2nd ed.. p. 96 [p.20 n. 45], pl. 17, 1–3, Berkeley: University of California Press.

Brijder, Herman A. G. 1991. Siana Cups II: The Heidelberg Painter, Allard Pierson Series: Studies in Ancient Civilization, Vol. 8. pp. 360, 376, fig. 6, Amsterdam: Allard Pierson Museum.

Tölle-Kastenbein, Renate. 1994. Das archaische Wasserleitungsnetz für Athen und seine späteren Bauphasen. p. 90, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. pp. 96, 98, fig. 37, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2018. "Dangerous Beauty : Medusa in Classical Art." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 75(3): pp. 13, 15, fig. 17.

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