Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009

Siana Cup (Black-Figure Kylix [Drinking Cup]): Horseman and Warriors

Siana Cup (Black-Figure Kylix [Drinking Cup]): Horseman and Warriors

575–550 BC

Ceramic

Diameter: 26.8 cm (10 9/16 in.); Overall: 14.1 cm (5 9/16 in.)

Gift of Edgar A. Hahn 1965.78

Location

Did you know?

Siana cups take their name from a cemetery in Rhodes where many were first found.

Description

Two kneeling warriors do battle in the tondo of this large drinking cup, red blood streaming from their wounded legs. Without labels or attributes, their identities remain uncertain—perhaps Eteokles and Polyneikes, the cursed sons of Oedipus. The exterior figures are anonymous, although many are accompanied by small dots probably meant to imitate letters (for identifying inscriptions). On one side, a warrior is greeted by a nude youth holding a garland, with a horseman, a flying eagle, and several men observing. On the other, a bearded man rides a rearing horse, flanked by six draped men. Waterbirds stand beneath the handles.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic
Credit line: 
Gift of Edgar A. Hahn

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