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Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup with high handles)

Attributed to Class W: The Class W: The Persian Class of Head Vases
late 5th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 8 7/16 in. (21.5 cm); diameter of mouth 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The kantharos combines the head of a satyr and the head of a woman. On the cuff, above the satyr, is a maenad riding a panther; above the woman, the Theban sphinx seizes a youth. The molded satyr head preserves small but numerous traces of added color.
Said to have been found in Anzi, South Italy

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 103, 242, pl. 82h, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1550, no. 6, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Moret, J.-M. 1984. Œdipe, la Sphinx et les thébains: essai de mythologie iconographique, Bibliotheca Helvetica Romana 23, 2 vols. no. 27, pp. 23–24, pl. 16.1, Rome: Institut suisse de Rome.

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. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Mainades, no. 88, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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