03.24.31: exterior, obverse and reverse, sphinx standing over a nude man
The larger cup demonstrates the basic decorative format of this popular shape. Here, the inscriptions are meaningless strings of letters framing the figural composition, but on other examples, they accurately record the artist's name, label characters depicted, or offer greetings. Little Master cups can be dated more precisely than most Etruscan vases and so are important indicators of the date of this tomb.
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Title:Terracotta Little Master cup
Date:ca. 565–550 BCE
Culture:Greek, Attic, black-figure,
Dimensions:H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm) diameter 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm)
Credit Line:Rogers Fund, 1903
Found at Colle del Capitano near Monteleone di Spoleto in 1902
February 8, 1902, discovered by Isidoro Vannozzi; purchased by Benedetto Petrangeli from Vannozzi; purchased by O. Vitalini from Petrangeli; acquired in 1903, purchased from Vitalini, Paris.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 27, figs. 65–66, New York: Marchbanks 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. XII, XXXVIII, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Cook, Brian. 1968. "A Class of Etruscan Bronze Omphalos-Bowls." American Journal of Archaeology, 72(4): p. 341 n. 10i.
Moret, J.-M. 1984. Œdipe, la Sphinx et les thébains: essai de mythologie iconographique, Bibliotheca Helvetica Romana 23, 2 vols. no. 8, p. 15, pl. 7, Rome: Institut suisse de Rome.
Markoe, Glenn and Nancy J. Serwint. 1985. Animal Style on Greek and Etruscan Vases : An Exhibition at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum. no. 24, pp. 21, 26, 32, Burlington, Vermont: Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont.
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