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Kylix (Drinking Cup)

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

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  • A work made of terracotta, black-figure.


540-530 BCE


Greek; Athens

About this artwork

In the center of this scene, a young man dons armor for battle, affixing a shin guard to his left leg. His helmet rests on the ground, and the woman standing before him holds his shield as attendants look on. Approaching riders on rearing steeds and a running youth give the impression of urgency. Because the soldier is not bearded, which indicates youth, and is so much taller than the other figures, which often indicates special status, he may represent the Greek hero Achilles, whose mother, upon learning that her son would fight in the Trojan War, gave him a suit of armor that she had specially commissioned from Hephaistos, blacksmith to the gods.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Kylix (Drinking Cup)


Ancient Greece (Object made in)

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540 BCE–530 BCE


terracotta, black-figure


13 × 28.6 cm (5 1/8 × 11 1/4 in.)

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Promised gift of Mrs. J. William Holland

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