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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.


510-500 BCE


Manner of the Epeleios Painter
Greek; Athens

About this artwork

On the interior of this drinking cup, within a line border, a satyr stands to the right, bending slightly at the knees, both arms outstretched in front of him (the fragment that might have shown what he was holding is lost). In the field is written ho[pais]kalo[s] (retrograde). On one side of the exterior, Theseus hobbles the Bull of Marathon; there is a tree in the background. This group is flanked on left and right by duels between naked warriors. In the field is written h[o]pais. On the other side of the exterior, there is, on the left, a duel between two naked warriors (shield device of the falling warrior is a snake; there is red blood under his armpit). In the centre is a naked warrior with a horse to the right. Beyond this, on the right, is a warrior with shield and spear facing to the right and a warrior (helmet up) to the left, stooping to take his shield out of its covering. In the field is written h[o]pais [ka]los.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Epeleios Painter


Kylix (Drinking Cup)


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510 BCE–500 BCE


terracotta, red-figure


14 × 40.3 × 31.1 cm (5 1/2 × 15 7/8 × 12 1/4 in.)

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Museum Purchase Fund

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