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Skyphos (Drinking Cup)

A wide-mouthed drinking cup glazed in black with two handles extending from opposite sides.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A wide-mouthed drinking cup glazed in black with two handles extending from opposite sides.


410-400 BCE


Greek; Athens

About this artwork

During the course of the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, black vessels (commonly called black-glaze vessels) were made with increasing frequency in both Greece and South Italy. Many of them replicate the shape of metal vessels. Others have detailing that is molded or incised. While the quality of these vessels varies greatly, all would have been less expensive than vessels decorated in other contemporary techniques, for example, in red-figure.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Skyphos (Drinking Cup)


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410 BCE–400 BCE


terracotta, black-glaze with impressed decoration


9.2 × 22.5 × 16.2 cm (3 5/8 × 8 7/8 × 6 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip D. Armour and Charles L. Hutchinson

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