Rosenberg Collection (Buitron No. 54)RED-FIGURE STEMLESS CUP
Lent by Professor and Mrs. Jakob Rosenberg
Height: 1 3/8 in. (3.4 cm.); Diameter: 5 1/2 in. (3.9 cm.)
Intact save for chip on one handle.
Interior: a youth wearing shoes and a dark bordered himation stands in a wine shop. In his right hand he holds a sponge with which he tests the taste and bouquet of the wine. In his other hand is his purse. Wine merchants bought their wine after testing a sample in this way (R. J. Forbes, Studies in Ancient Technology 3 [Leyden 1955] 112). The wine is stored in a large amphora set in a cylindrical stand. On the right is the upper part of another storage vase (pithos) and hanging on the wall is a small oinochoe for ladling. The inscription on the left reads ΤΡΙΚΟΤΥΛΟΣ (three measures, either the amount he wants to buy or an estimate of the quality of the wine; H. Immerwahr, "An Athenian Wine-Shop," Proceedings of the American Philological Association 79  184-190). The tondo is framed with pairs of opposed meanders alternating with saltires. Dilute glaze: lower part of the hair; anatomical details on neck, shoulder, arm, and chest; texture of the sponge.
Attributed to Douris [Holland, Chase] ca. 480 B. C. The composition of the tondo is similar to that of the kylix in Boston (Boston 00.499) previously cited. The solution to the problem of the round area is somewhat more successful in our example: the round wine vessels echo the shape of the tondo, and a more harmonious space results. This vase must be close in date to the Boston piece; both belong to Douris' middle period (B. M. Holland, "A Kylix in the Fogg Art Museum," Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 52  56).