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siana cup

A continuation of the Komast cup, but with minor variation in proportions; foot and lip are larger.

Characteristic features of this cup: lip, offset and comparatively higher than that of the Komast cup; bowl, the bowl is rounder and wider than that of the Komast cup. The lower part of the bowl is usually black save for a narrow reserved fillet two-thirds of the way up. Sometimes a band of decoration straddles both the lip and the handle zone and is called "overlap" decoration; or may have one design on the lip zone, and another design on the narrow handle zone. This is called "double-decker" decoration. Handles: black. Juncture of bowl and stem: a sharp angle. Stem: black and conical; higher than that of the Komast cup. Foot: flaring, black with a reserved edge. Interior decoration: contains a large reserved tondo which is decorated with a running or flying figure within a wide border. The rest of the interior is glazed black save for a narrow reserved strip at the edge of the lip.

History: The dominant type of kylix in the second quarter of the sixth century is the Siana cup. But one of the chief changes is that the interior as well as the exterior is decorated. Now begins the long series of decorated tondi; circular pictures inside the cup.

Term: Named after the site where the shape was first identified, Siana, on the island of Rhodes.

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