Terracotta kylix (drinking cup), Attributed to the Amasis Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Amasis Painter
ca. 540 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
diameter 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
Obverse, Poseidon, the god of the seas, among Greek warriors
Reverse, the stables of Poseidon

The subjects are drawn from book 13 of Homer's Iliad. Poseidon, seeing the Greeks hard-pressed, decided to help renew their valor. At his underwater palace, he ordered his chariot prepared so that he could ride to their aid. On one side of this cup, an atmosphere of feverish excitement reigns in the stables as grooms attempt to soothe four high-strung horses tethered to columns. Supernatural forces seem to have been unleashed: tiny figures race over the horses' backs and swing down from the architectural frieze above. On the other side of the cup, Poseidon, carrying a trident, urges on the Greek heroes.
#1014. Terracotta kylix (drinking cup), Part 1
#1446. Terracotta kylix (drinking cup), Part 2
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