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Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

Closely related to the Vine Tendril Group
mid-4th century B.C.
Greek, Boeotian
Terracotta; black-figure
Overall: 8 11/16 x 12 3/16in. (22 x 30.9cm)
greatest diameter 8 1/4in. (21cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1971
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Obverse, reclining man and three crones (the Judgment of Paris?)
Reverse, ogress pursuing three pygmies

The Kabirion is a sanctuary on the outskirts of Thebes in Boeotia dedicated to the Kabiroi, deities associated with fertility and the sea. Their cult included mysteries whose introduction is ascribed to the goddess Demeter. A distinctive variety of pottery, known as Cabiric vases, was produced from the late fifth through the late fourth century B.C. This example is characteristic in shape, subject, and technique. Such works may reflect farces performed in conjunction with the mysteries. They are contemporary with representations of Middle Comedy and the phlyax vases.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1965. "Greek and Roman Art." Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art), No. 1965/1975: p. 128.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1984. Vol. 2: Aphrodisias-Athena. "Aphrodite," p. 137, no. 1432, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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