Kylix (Drinking Cup)

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-figure technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-figure technique.

Date:

540/530 BC

Artist:

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

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Kylix (Drinking Cup)

Origin

Ancient Greece

Date

540 BC–530 BC

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the black-figure technique

Dimensions

13 x 28.6 cm (5 1/8 x 11 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Promised gift of Mrs. J. William Holland

Reference Number

10.2011

Extended information about this artwork

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