Terracotta kylix (drinking cup), Signed by Hieron as potter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Signed by Hieron as potter
Attributed to Makron
ca. 480 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm)
diameter 13 1/16 in. (33.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Interior, flute-playing satyr and maenad
Exterior, obverse and reverse, symposium

The exterior provides a particularly full illustration of the symposium (drinking party) and, especially, of its paraphernalia: a wreathed column-krater for mixing wine and water, a large skyphos for the relief of a sick symposiast, a lamp stand that also accommodates a ladle and strainer, and krotala (castanets) and a picnic basket suspended from the back wall. Compared with the figures on the outside, the satyr and maenad (followers of the wine god, Dionysos) appear formal indeed.
Signature: Signed by Hieron as potter
Said to be from Vulci

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