Stemless Kylix (Drinking Cup)

A work made of terracotta with incised decoration, decorated in the black-glaze technique.
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  • A work made of terracotta with incised decoration, decorated in the black-glaze technique.

Date:

about 460/450 BC

Artist:

Greek; Athens

About this artwork

During the course of the 5th and 4th centuries BC, 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 (the phiale on the left) or incised (the stemless kylix at the back). Particularly noteworthy is the stemless kylix on the right that has been stamped in its center with nearly the same image, depicting the nymph Arethusa, as is the coin displayed alongside it. Although black-glazed wares can be rather coarse, these examples are quite fine. Regardless, they would have been less expensive than vessels decorated in other contemporary techniques, for example, in red-figure.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Stemless Kylix (Drinking Cup)

Origin

Cales

Date

460 AD–450 AD

Medium

terracotta with incised decoration, decorated in the black-glaze technique

Dimensions

6.5 × 31.4 × 22.2 cm (2 5/8 × 12 3/8 × 8 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip D. Armour and Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1889.118

Extended information about this artwork

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