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Type A cup

A cup with a broad, reserved resting surface and conical stem separated from the deep bowl by a fillet.

Shape: The Type A cup has a spreading foot with a concave profile. The stem is short and broad. The lip is not offset like the Little Master cups.

Decoration: The interiors are often decorated with a figure in the tondo. Outside the usual decoration is a pair of large eyes, between which is often a figure or rarely a nose. There may be figures or vines in between the handles

The hollow cone within the stem is usually painted black.

History: The Type A cup developed from the Proto type A cup, and was the new kind of cup in vogue when the red-figure technique was invented. The earliest red-figure cups are Type A "eye cups", although there are some painted without eyes and not all eyes are on Type A cups. The earliest red-figure eye cups of this type have the same offset , tall feet as their black-figure contemporaries. Exekias, who also worked on Little Master cups and a type of Siana cup, may have required a larger field to work on (despite the fact that he was fully capable of working in minute detail) and is credited with the earliest known example of the Type A cup. This form, Type A, begins to displace the Little Master cups around 530-525 B.C.

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