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Terracotta kylix: eye-cup (drinking cup)

Signed by Nikosthenes as potter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 530 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) diameter 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
14.136
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Interior, gorgoneion (Gorgon's face)
Exterior, obverse, between eyes, Dionysos, the god of wine, with satyrs and maenads; reverse, between eyes, chariot

Nikosthenes was the leading ceramic entrepreneur in Athens from about 530 B.C. to the end of the sixth century. Because he signed his name often, we know that he had a large shop and exported actively. Many of the largest preserved Attic vases were made for the Etruscan market.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. "Department of Classical Art Accessions of 1914: Athenian Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10(5): pp. 98–99, fig. 3.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 77, fig. 46, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 89–90, fig. 57, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 89–90, fig. 57, 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. 161, 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. XXIX, XLI, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 61, 205, pl. 45a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. pp. 232, 690, no. 13, 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. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Dionysos, no. 328, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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