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Smith 1955.45

RED-FIGURE KYLIX (TYPE A)


Lent by the Smith College Museum of Art (1955.45)


Height: 4 15/16 in. (10 cm.); Diameter: 13 3/16 in. (33.5 cm.)


Reassembled from many fragments; some repaint on palmettes and on tondo figure.


Inside: a youth prepares to hurl a discus. Inscribed behind him retrograde is ΚΑΛΟΣ (beautiful).

Side A: drinking party. A reclining satyr holds a skyphos and reaches for the wine-skin held out by a smaller satyr who approaches him. Above is inscribed Ο ΠΑΙΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ (the boy is beautiful).

Side B: drinking party. A youth fills his skyphos from a column-krater in which the wine has been mixed with water. To the left, a youth with skyphos; to the right, a youth with drinking horn and a wineskin. Inscribed above, Ο ΠΑΙΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ (the boy is beautiful).

At the handles are palmettes and volutes; on side A, palmettes with nine fronds; on side B, palmettes with ten fronds.

Dilute glaze: hair and beards.

Red: the wreaths and inscriptions.


Attributed to the Manner of the Epeleios Painter [Beazley] ca. 520 - 500 B.C.

The minimal detail, emphasis on silhouette, and the heavy fronds of the palmettes suggest a date of ca. 510 B. C. (P. W. Lehmann, "An Attic Kylix," Smith College Museum of Art Bulletin 37 [1957] 3-9, figs. 1-6). Mrs. Lehmann compares this cup to one in Cambridge (Cambridge 1.27; ARV2, 124, no. 3). Bloesch considers the form of the Cambridge cup extremely rare (Bloesch 1940, 38, pl. 11, 1).


Bibliography

Smith Quarterly (Winter, 1956) 86 ill.; Art Quarterly 19 (Summer, 1956) no. 2, ill.; P. W. Lehmann, "An Attic Kylix," Smith College Museum of Art Bulletin 37 (1957) 3-9, figs. 1-6; ARV2, 153.

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