Drinking Cup (Kylix)

Drinking Cup (Kylix)

c. 480 BC

attributed to Douris

(Greek)

Earthenware with slip decoration

Diameter: 29.6 cm (11 5/8 in.)

Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 508.1915

Description

Greek men enjoyed evenings of wine-drinking, poetry, music, and other entertainment at each other's homes. Their favorite drinking cup was the shallow kylix. The user could enjoy the scene on the inside only after draining the cup. His companions could see the exterior scenes as he drank. Here the subject matter includes the Greek god of wine, Dionysus, and mythical companions.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic

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