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band cup

The band cup, a kind of kylix, is characterized by a lip that is slightly concave in profile; on the interior, the lip is not tooled off, but passes gradually into the bowl.

History: Little Master Cups include two varieties, the Lip cup and the Band cup. The Band cup appears a little later and lasts a little longer than the Lip cup. Their general name is taken from the miniaturist style of their decoration.

In the usual decorative scheme, almost the entire exterior of the Band cup is painted black; only the edge of the foot and a single band on the body of the cup are left in reserve. Often a red-painted fillet emphasizes the juncture of the bowl and stem. Contrast with the painted decoration of a Cassel cup.

A variety of the Band cup is the Floral Band cup. These cups are characterized by a chain of palmettes along the handle zone. They date from about 540 to a little after 520 B.C.

Term: The modern name comes from the single reserve band on the body.

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