Measurements: 7 cm – height, 15.7 cm – diameter


Description: A rare terracotta black-figure kylix from Attica, featuring D-shaped handles and a low pedestal foot. Both handles and foot are covered in black slip. The centre of the vessel is unglazed with a small black dot within a circle. The rest of the interior is glazed in black. Below the rim is a band of palmettes, separated by tendrils. Under the palmettes is a wavy border going all around the kylix. On one side there are the figures of two dancers. They are depicted in lively movement with what looks like fillets around them and they appear to be facing each other. The motifs on these cups were drawn with diluted glaze. This type of vessel was the most common type of a wine-drinking cup in ancient Greece. 


The scene echoes the celebration through music and dance. These scenes happened during symposia, parties where men gathered to eat, drink and sing together but also to have various conversations about philosophy, politics or poetry.


Reference: The Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum


Period: 6th – 5th century BC


Condition: Very fine, intact, some crazing to the glaze on the interior and exterior surfaces of the vessel, a chip to one handle and minor chipping to the rim.

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