Red-figured cup (kylix)

Etruscan, 350-300 BC
Found either at Chiusi (Tuscany) or Civita Castellana (Lazio), Italy

Young women beautifying themselves

The interior of this red-figured cup (kylix) shows a scene of three young women beautifying themselves. The central one gazes at her reflection in a mirror, while her companion leans casually on her shoulder. The woman on the left lifts the lid of a casket (cista) to place a perfume bottle inside. In the background hang an oil-flask and strigil (used for cleansing by scraping off oil applied to the body). Around the scene is a border of maeander or key and chequer pattern. The cup would have been used for wine at banquets.

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More information


O. Brendel, Etruscan art, Pelican History of Art (Yale University Press, 1995)

E. Macnamara, The Etruscans-1 (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)


Height: 10.200 cm
Diameter: 26.600 cm

Museum number

GR 1892.5-18.1 (Vases F 478)



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