Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta kylix: lip-cup (drinking cup)

ca. 530–520 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
Not on view
Interior, youth riding a hippalektryon (a mythical combination of a horse and a rooster)

Late sixth-century vases connected with drinking occasionally have subjects that go beyond the familiar gorgons, griffins, or sphinxes. The hippalektryon belongs to this category. It is interesting to compare this piece to the fine early red-figure plate by Epiktetos showing a youth riding a rooster (The Bothmer Gallery II).
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1953. "The Tawny Hippalektryon." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 11(5): pp. 132–35.

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. 1990. Herakles-Kenchrias, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 5. Hippalektryon, no. 56, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Nara National Museum. 2008. Pegasus and the Heavenly Horses: Thundering Hoofs on the Silk Road. no. 12, pp. 31, 252, Nara: Nara National Museum.

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