Terracotta kylix: lip-cup (drinking cup)

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155

Exterior, obverse and reverse, chimaera; below, meaningless inscription

The chimaera combines the body of a lion, the forepart of a goat, and the tail of a snake. It belongs to the menagerie of mythological creatures introduced from the East during the late eighth and seventh centuries B.C. Accomplished though the painter of this cup was, he was probably illiterate—as were most people—because the "inscription" here consists of letters conveying no meaning.

Terracotta kylix: lip-cup (drinking cup), Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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