Attic Kylix with Beautiful Decoration

£ 1,150.00

An extremely fine black-figure Attic terracotta kylix, featuring D-shape applied loop handles and a tall pedestal foot. The central medallion of the vessel is unglazed and has been left unpainted other than two concentric circles, highlighting the terracotta’s natural bright red hue. The rest of the interior and exterior body is covered in glossy black slip, which has been applied to the handles and foot as well. The underside of the bowl features a highly stylised vegetal motif, with an ovolo motif painted in white. Concentric circles are visible around the foot of the kylix, one of which consists of a thick black band. Directly surrounding the foot is a circle of fine vertical lines of less than a centimeter in their length.

Date: Circa 5th – 4th Century BC
Condition: Very fine condition with some slight erosion of black gloss.


Product Code: GS-19
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The kylix was commonly used in Ancient Greece as a traditional wine-drinking cup and it would have probably been used during a Symposium, the banquet or party where men gathered to eat, drink and sing together but also to have various conversations about philosophy, politics or poetry.

To discover more about the Symposium, please visit our relevant blog post: The Art of Drinking Together, or the Symposium.

Dimensions W 20 x H 8.6 cm

Southern Europe