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174. 03.819 CUP from Suessula PLATE CVI, 174

Diameter 0.208, height 0.096. I, Eros on horseback. About 400 B.C., by the Painter of London E 130 (ARV.1 p. 865 no. 2; ARV.2 p. 1404 no. 2).

The cup is of Type C. Stout make. Offset lip, decorated inside with a white ivy-wreath, the leaves reserved. The fillet between the thick stem and the base of the bowl is blunt, weak: the potter omitted to tool it off above and below. Torus foot, lipped; the profile of the foot black, except the lip, which is reserved.

The foot has, underneath, a flat offset edge, on which the cup rests: an old idea, found already in many red-figure cups of Type A (Bloesch F.A.S. pll. 8-11) and in Python's cups (ibid. pl. 27). The remainder of the underside is flat, with a black band and two black lines; the inside of the stem is a very narrow funnel. Cups of Type C are rare so late: others are London E 110 and Madrid 11274, both of which have the same foot profile as ours. A sub-Meidian cup in Boulogne is somewhat different.1

The outside of the cup is black. Inside, the 'odd man' of the rough border is northwest. A chubby Eros rides a chubby horse. He wears a wreath, and an ankle-guard ornamented with a spiral. The ankle-guard is the same as is worn by the Sciarra and Mattei Amazons,2 by an Amazon on a white lekythos in the Louvre, by Atalanta on the Dinos Painter's calyx-krater in Bologna, and by others. A horseman wears an ankle-guard on fragments of a cup by Onesimos in Heidelberg, and so does a jockey on the prize panathenaic from the archonship of Hippo[damas] (375-374 B.C.) in the Ceramicus Museum.3

Relief-contour for the face, but for little else. The exergue has no relief-contour.

One does not mind Eros riding a fawn or a dolphin, as he often does: but one rather resents his riding a horse: one feels that since he has wings he should fly not ride. And in fact he is seldom seen on horseback, and not until the fourth century, when he rides a horse on three other cups, two by the Meleager Painter in the Louvre, and a third by another corruptus in Ferrara,4 also on a number of pelikai.

Another cup stood on ours before they were dry and has left the circular mark of its foot. This does not improve the appearance of the picture, nor do the three blots.


Para., p. 488, no. 4; K. Schauenburg, 1976, Erotenspiele, 1 Teil, p. 48, note 18; LIMC, III, 1, p. 873, no. 237 (as 1903.819), III, 2, pl. 621, illus. (H. Cassimatis); I. McPhee, Hesperia 56 (1987), p. 279, under no. 2; Beazley Addenda 2, p. 374 (as 1903.819).


1 London E 110: A-B, Hancarville 4 pll. 119-21. Madrid 11274 (L. 244). Boulogne: I, Le Musée 2 p. 280 fig. 3: ARV.1 p. 861 no. 6; ARV.2 p. 1396 no. 14.

2 See Friis Johansen in Corolla archaeologica in honorem C. A. Nordman, pp. 41-57.

3 Louvre AM 94: Jb. 2 pl. 11; Bothmer Am. pl. 84, 2. Bologna 300: see iii p. 81, footnote 8 (vase description for Boston 03.821). Heidelberg 63: Kraiker pl. 9; ARV.1 p. 220 no. 7; ARV.2 p. 324 no. 66. Ceramicus: see ARV. p. 413 top.

4 Louvre C 10983 and Louvre C 11925 (ARV.2 pp. 1412-13 nos. 60 and 61); Ferrara T. 725.

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