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Terracotta stemmed cup with murex decoration

Late Helladic IIIA
ca. 1400–1300 B.C.
Helladic, Mycenaean
H. 8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
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.
1937, purchased by Walter Cummings Baker in Paris; 1937-1971, collection of Walter C. Baker, New York; acquired in 1972, bequest of Walter C. Baker.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 85, p. 12, New York: Walter Cummings Baker.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December, 17, 1959-February 28, 1960. no. 100, p. 23, pl. 26, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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