Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Villa Giulia Painter

Period: Classical

Date: ca. 470 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure, white-ground

Dimensions: H. 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm), diameter 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: The Bothmer Purchase Fund, Fletcher Fund, and Rogers Fund, 1979

Accession Number: 1979.11.15


In this exquisite depiction, a goddess—identifiable by her scepter—stands by an altar to pour an offering from a phiale (libation bowl). Details such as the phiale and the figure's bracelets and necklace are rendered in added clay, which originally would have been gilded. It is likely that the vase was specially commissioned for dedication in a sanctuary.