Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to Onesimos
ca. 490 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)
diameter 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
Not on view
Interior, groom with horse

It is rare in red-figure to find representations of a man and a horse as intimate as this one. A black groom is in the process of currying the horse tethered to the perforated fixture at the right of the tondo. On the wall hangs a whisk broom. The horse is restive; the young man rests his arm decisively on its back and goes about his business.
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