Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 530 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
3 1/4 in. × 7 7/8 in. × 5 3/4 in. × 2 1/2 in. (8.3 × 20 × 14.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
1972.118.144
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse and reverse, swan

Originally a Corinthian shape, the skyphos served the same function as a kylix but with a deeper bowl. In examples such as this one, the disposition of the decoration is like that of a band-cup.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 91, 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. 220, p. 56, pl. 74, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.