Gilt silver kylix


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153

On the tondo is represented ‘dread-yelping’ Scylla, the Homeric sea monster who lived in a cave on a cliff along the Sicilian coast off the Straits of Messina. She is depicted in the characteristic way, with the upper body of a beautiful woman and three fierce dogs springing from her hips amidst her scaly extremities, one of which terminates in a ketos or sea dragon. Her dog’s heads snap at fish jumping around her and she brandishes the broken rudder of ship, which she has sent to the deep. Scylla is framed by a wave pattern and encircling the interior of the rim is a gilt laurel wreath.

Gilt silver kylix, Silver-gilt, Greek

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