Terracotta kylix: eye-cup (drinking cup)

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155

Obverse and reverse, between the eyes, dancing women

The Dionysiac iconography of drinking cups at the end of the sixth century B.C. includes the ornamental motifs as well as the figures. Here the irregular space around the handle is filled with a vine. On the large Nicosthenic cup nearby, the plant is ivy. The women most likely have some connection with the symposium (drinking party).

Terracotta kylix: eye-cup (drinking cup), Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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