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eye-cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1842,0407.23

  • Description

    Pottery: 'bilingual' eye cup. Outline of hair incised throughout exterior scenes: purple wreaths and tails of Seileni; no traces of inner markings, except on forehead of figure in exterior (a). Interior, black-figure: exterior, red-figure. On each side of each handle a large palmette.
    Interior: Youth (wreathed, with short chiton, chlamys with white patterns) holding two spears, riding to right.
    Exterior: (a) Between eyes, Seilenos (wreathed with ivy, ithyphallic) holding in right hand keras, on left pelta attached to a cord over his right shoulder, striding in crouching attitude to right.
    (b) Between eyes, similar figure, holding in left a fluted trefoil oinochoe, blowing a trumpet which he holds in right, and which is attached to a phorbeia (chin strap) over his mouth: on left pelta as in (a). He runs to right, looking back.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 520BC-500BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 13.97 centimetres
    • Diameter: 30.48 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Content

        Interior: Іσχυλος έποίησεν.
        Exterior (a): EΠIKTETOΣ, Επίκτητος.
        Exterior (b): ΕΛΠΑΣΘΕΝ (sic) έypa(φσ)ev.
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Klein, Meistersig.2 p. 101, no. 2.

  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 814 bibliographic details
    • Vase E3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G14/dc2

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2006 8 Jun-4 Sep, Los Angeles, The Getty Villa, The Colors of Clay

  • Condition

    Badly shattered, but nothing missing.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1842

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1842,0407.23

`Bilingual' eye-cup; pottery; signed inside by Hischylos as potter and outside by Epiktetos as painter. The interior is decorated in the black-figure technique with a horseman, the exterior in red-figure with satyrs between eyes and palmettes.

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`Bilingual' eye-cup; pottery; signed inside by Hischylos as potter and outside by Epiktetos as painter. The interior is decorated in the black-figure technique with a horseman, the exterior in red-figure with satyrs between eyes and palmettes.

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