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Kylix (Drinking Cup)

A work made of terracotta, red-figure.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, red-figure.


about 460 BCE


Attributed to the Penthesilea Painter
Greek; Athens

About this artwork

This is an example of the most popular type of wine cup, the kylix. Rising from a round foot and a thin stem, the cup flares out to a wide bowl with two handles on opposite sides. The interior of a kylix typically has a painted scene within a tondo, or circular frame, which would have been gradually revealed to the drinker as the wine was consumed. Here a youth stands before a woman.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Penthesilea Painter


Kylix (Drinking Cup)


Ancient Greece (Object made in)

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Potted 460 BCE


terracotta, red-figure


14.2 × 45 × 37 cm (5 5/8 × 17 3/4 × 14 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip D. Armour and Charles L. Hutchinson

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