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Terracotta kylix: hybrid Siana lip-cup (drinking cup)

Attributed to an artist related to the C Painter
ca. 560 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 7 in. (17.8 cm) diameter 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Interior, Herakles fighting an Amazon
Exterior, obverse and reverse, three chariots

This cup is distinguished by its rich decoration and by the sensitivity with which the composition is applied to the shape. On the interior, Herakles' opponent is identifiable as a woman by the white pigment that indicates her flesh. The chariots on the exterior have been described as racing, but it is equally possible that they are advancing in a procession.
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Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 75, fig. 45, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 85, fig. 53, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 85, fig. 53, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 25, fig. 155, New York: Plantin 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. VI–VIII, XXXVII, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 59, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. pp. 61, 682, no. 12, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 26, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981. (Aara-Aphlad), Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 1. Amazones, no. 17, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Brijder, Herman A. G. 1991. Siana Cups II: The Heidelberg Painter, Allard Pierson Series: Studies in Ancient Civilization, Vol. 8. p. 357, pl. 53e, Amsterdam: Allard Pierson Museum.

Veness, Ruth. 2002. "Investing the Barbarian? The Dress of Amazons in Athenian Art." Women's Dress in the Ancient Greek World, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, ed. p. 97 n. 9, London: Gerald Duckworth.

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