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Terracotta kylix: lip-cup (drinking cup)

Signed by Epitimos as potter
Related to the style of Lydos
ca. 550–540 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm) diameter 12 1/16 in. (30.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Interior, archer on horseback and warrior dismounting
Exterior, obverse and reverse, profile heads above, inscription between animals below

During the third quarter of the sixth century B.C., the lip-cup and the band-cup were the two preferred types of drinking cup. The lip-cup's exterior is clay-colored, and the usual decoration consists of a figural motif at the top and an inscription and palmettes below. Many variations occur, however. The profile head is a favorite motif, particularly associated with a painter called Sakonides but popular also with his contemporaries.
Signature: Signed by Epitimos as potter
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Black-Figured Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(12): pp. 297-8, figs. 3, 5.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America 11. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2. Attic Black-Figured Kylikes. pls. X, XXXVII, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 60, 201, pls. 41d-e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. pp. 119, 685, no. 9, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Bandinelli, Ranuccio Bianchi. 1958. Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale, Vol. 3. p. 376, fig. 458, Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1970. Perspective in Greek and Roman Art. p. 15, n. 2, figs. 41, 42, New York and London: Phaidon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 48, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Brijder, Herman A. G. 1991. Siana Cups II: The Heidelberg Painter, Allard Pierson Series: Studies in Ancient Civilization, Vol. 8. p. 432, Amsterdam: Allard Pierson Museum.

Moore, Mary B. 2006. "Hoplites, Horses, and a Comic Chorus." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 41: pp. 44-5, fig. 17.

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