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Terracotta tumbler

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 525–510 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm) diameter 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.37
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Eight dancing youths

These youths are descendents of the komasts, the padded dancers that originally entered Athenian iconography from Corinth. We can interpret the figures here as young men in good spirits after a symposium (drinking party).
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 15(7): p. 165.

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