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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.


about 540-530 BCE


Greek; Athens

About this artwork

This is an example of the most popular type of wine cup in ancient Greece, 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. In the decorative band around the lip of this cup, a human figure in Grecian dress is depicted in the company of a lion.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Kylix (Drinking Cup)


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540 BCE–530 BCE


terracotta, black-figure


9.2 × 20.5 × 14.6 cm (3 5/8 × 8 1/8 × 5 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through The Antiquarian Society

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