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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Palmette Eye-cups
ca. 510 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. with handles 5 1/16 in. (12.8 cm) H. of bowl 4 15/16 in. (12.6 cm) diameter of bowl 13 1/8 in. (33.4 cm) diameter of foot 4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Interior, seated youth holding fruit (quinces?)
Exterior, obverse, flute girl peering into amphora (jar)
Reverse, flute girl holding cup of special shape

The decoration of vases used in symposia (drinking party) draws liberally on the erotic aspects of these events. The flute girl on the obverse investigates a pointed amphora; her flute case dangles rather provocatively from one leg. Her counterpart on the other side raises a particularly unusual type of kylix.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1962. "Painted Greek Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 21(1): p. 7, fig. 6.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. pp. 50, 1622, no. 192, Add. 1, pp. 37–52, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 325, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction. p. 6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. "Greek Vase Painting." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 31(1): p. 6.

Lissarrague, Francois. 1990. Aesthetics of the Greek Banquet: Images of Wine and Ritual. p. 57, fig. 38, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Kei, Nikolina. 2017. "Le symposion : Plaisirs et échanges autour du cratère." Rituels Grecs : Une Expérience Sensible, Evelyne Ugaglia and Adeline Grand-Clément, eds. 9. 102, fig. 25, Toulouse: Musée Saint-Raymond, Musée des Antiques de Toulouse.

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