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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Ashby Painter
ca. 500 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
Overall: 5 x 16 in. (12.7 x 40.6cm) diameter 12 7/8in. (32.7cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat Gift and The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 1993
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Interior, warrior testing his trumpet
Exterior, obverse and reverse, symposium (drinking party)

The conceit of a drinker looking over a cup is preserved on two major vases by Euphronios and may be considered his invention. Contemporary artists like the
Ashby Painter adopted it. Here, the youth holds the flutes for a flute player as she binds her hair. On the other side, a youth holds a drinking cup and a drinking horn while the flute player performs.
From Vulci

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