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:

about 540/530 BC

Artist:

Greek; Athens

About this artwork

The Greek Symposium
The modern symposium is an academic gathering where people discuss a topic of common interest, debunking old theories and putting forth new hypotheses. Afterward the participants might continue the conversation, discussing their impressions in greater detail or simply socializing over a drink. The men of ancient Athens did the same, regularly coming together in a private home to exchange ideas. The vases displayed in this case were used to prepare, serve, and consume wine at such gatherings. As the evening progressed, participants engaged in other pleasures, including games, performances, and sex.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Kylix (Drinking Cup)

Origin

Arsinoë

Date

540 BC–530 BC

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the black-figure technique

Dimensions

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

Reference Number

1907.10

Extended information about this artwork

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