Kylix (Drinking Cup)

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Athens, Greece
Kylix (Drinking Cup), ca. 525 BC
Black-figure terracotta
4 3/8 × 8 1/4 in. (11.11 × 20.96 cm)
Purchase, with funds from the public M1965.46
Photo credit: John Nienhuis
Not Currently on View

The dueling warriors on this drinking cup display the Greeks' concern for orderliness and symmetry. The warriors' movements are counterbalanced by their gestures and nearly identical on both sides of the vessel. The interior of the kylix, or drinking cup, is decorated with concentric rings and a large center dot that comes into view as the wine is consumed.

Publication History
Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, pp. 18–19, b/w illus. p. 18.

Noble, Joseph Veach. The Techniques of Painted Attic Pottery. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications; New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1965, pp. 20–21, illus. 1-72.

Hisperia Art Bulletin XXX-XXXI, #A2 (listed as Etruscan, but Jospeh Veach Noble says there is no doubt that it is Attic. The shape, the clay and the workmanship are, according to him, pure Attic, and not superior Etruscan).
Exhibition History
Nothing But Nudes, Milwaukee Art Museum, March 17–May 14, 2000.

Ancient Art from Milwaukee Collections, University Art Museum, UW-Milwaukee, November 18–December 22, 1984.


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