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Attic Black-Figure Skyphos (Cup) Fragment

Late Archaic
About 500 BCE - 490 BCE

4 x 2 11/16 x 1/8 in. (10.1 x 6.8 x 0.3 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.1569
Geography: Europe, Greece
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Skyphoi
Culture/Nationality: Attic

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  • Attic - Style and culture of the region of Attica. For culture particular to the capital of Attica, Athens, use "Athenian."
  • Black-figure - Refers to a style of Greek vase painting that developed from the Geometric and Orientalizing styles. It appeared in Corinth around 720 BCE, flourished in Attica by 600 BCE, and was found in Sparta, eastern Greece, and elsewhere, until the Red-figure style gradually replaced it in the late sixth century BCE. The style is characterized by a particular technique, which is characterized by the use of a refined slip, a two-stage firing process, and sintering to create black figures in silhouette on a red ground. Details were incised into the black figures or applied in purple or white pigment.
  • cups - Open bowl-shaped vessels, used chiefly for drinking, often having one handle, but sometimes two handles or none, generally on a low foot-ring; also includes similar bowl-shaped vessels, generally without handles, resting on a stem and supported by a spreading foot. Occasionally made with a lid.
  • inscriptions - Words, texts, lettering, or symbols marked on a work, including texts, legends, documentation notes, or commemoration. For standardized symbols or notations on objects that convey official information, use "marks (symbols)."
  • sherds - Limited to fragments of pottery or glass.
  • skyphoi - A type of drinking vessel in the shape of a deep cup, usually with two horizontal handles attached to the lip and a small integral foot. In all-black or unglossed plain wares the skyphos was the most common type of cup.
  • vase paintings - Refers to two-dimensional decoration applied to pottery by using paint made of metallic oxides or other pigments held in suspension in slip or another medium. The term is particularly used to refer to Ancient Greek red- and black-figure works. See also "porcelain paintings (visual works)."

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Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Frank Brommer, Vasenlisten Zur Griechischen Heldensage N.G. Elwert. Marburg, Germany, 1973
    Page Number: Number A16
  • Hans Peter Isler, Acheloos Francke. Bern, Switzerland, 1970
    Page Number: Number 77, plate VIII
  • Hans Peter Isler, Acheloos Artemis. Zurich, Switzerland, 1981
    Page Number: 28, number 255
  • Frank Brommer, Herakles II Wissenscheftliche Buchgesellschaft. Darmstadt, Germany, 1984
    Page Number: 73, Figure Number: 27b
  • The Classical Art Research Centre, "The Beazley Archive Online." Classical Art Research Centre. (Accessed April 1, 2020): University of Oxford, 4671.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • The Classical Art Research Centre, "The Beazley Archive Online." Classical Art Research Centre. (Accessed April 1, 2020): University of Oxford, 22731.
  • Marion True, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, United States, Fascicule 19 (Baltimore, MD: Museum of Fine Arts, 1978), 29-30 . Figure Number: Plate (921) 87.1-6
  • Brigitte Freyer-Schauenburg, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Deutschland, Fascicule 55 (Munich, Germany: C. H. Beck’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1988), 44. Figure Number: Plate (2683) 18.1-3
  • Raimond Wünsche, Herakles, Herkules (Munich, Germany: Staatliche Antikensammlungen, 2003), 273. Figure Number: 46.6

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