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Terracotta kylix: Siana cup (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Painter of Boston C.A.
ca. 560–550 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
diameter 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Interior, satyr pursuing maenad
Exterior, palmette-lotos chain

While nonfigural motifs often frame or emphasize a specific zone or subject, they can also serve as the primary decoration. In this respect, it is useful to compare the role of ornament in architecture. The alternating stylized palmettes and lotos flowers represent a combination that later becomes standard on the necks of neck-amphorae.
Said to be from near Naples

Richter, Gisela M. A., Marjorie J. Milne, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1922. Shapes of Greek Vases. New York.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 25, fig. 153, New York: Plantin Press.

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

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. p. 69, no. 3 top, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Bandinelli, Ranuccio Bianchi. 1958. Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale, Vol. 2. p. 148, fig. 221, Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 28, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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