Terracotta stemmed cup with murex decoration

Helladic, Mycenaean

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151

By the Late Helladic III period, methods of firing improved on the Greek mainland, making possible this type of long-stemmed cup known as a kylix. The shape becomes the standard form of drinking cup throughout most of the Mycenaean world from the fourteenth century B.C. onward. On this particular kylix, the high, striped stem supports a flaring body decorated with marine life, sea anemones and murex shells that attest to the sea as an important source of food and wealth for Mycenaean civilization. The murex, a type of mollusk, was prized throughout antiquity as a source of purple dye.

Terracotta stemmed cup with murex decoration, Terracotta, Helladic, Mycenaean

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