Terracotta kylix: Siana cup (drinking cup)

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Exterior, obverse, inscription: fairest of the maidens
On interior, a sphinx seated facing right with its paw lifted

This sphinx, the sole and central decoration on this cup, is of an early type. The inscription, hailing the beauty of girls, is unusual. Commonly, the beautiful appearance of young boys, not of girls, is celebrated by Greek vase painters.

Terracotta kylix: Siana cup (drinking cup), Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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