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Ancient Greek (active ca. 525 BCE - 500 BCE) Primary

Attic Red-Figure Kylix (Drinking Cup) Fragment

About 510 BCE

1 3/8 in. x 1 3/16 in. x 1/4 in. (3.5 cm x 3 cm x 0.6 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.191
Other Number(s): 17 (Joseph Clark Hoppin's "Warren" Purchase List Number)
Geography: Europe, Greece (Athens)
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Kylikes
Culture/Nationality: Greek, Athenian
Findspot: Cerveteri

Rim fragment of a red-figured kylix in two pieces. On the exterior, what was formerly thought to be a head of Athena, is now identified as an amazon. She wears a helmet and faces right. The interior is black with two reserved lines on the rim. These fragments join with pieces of a cup in the J. Paul Getty Museum (79.AE.127 [BAPD 13715]). The Bryn Mawr fragment with the head of an amazon belongs to a larger Amazonomachy scene on Side A. Side B is a scene with revelers and the tondo depicts a woman dancing with krotala (clappers) and a lyre. The cup is attributed to the Attic vase painter, Oltos, who was active c.525-500 BCE. For more information on the joining fragments in the Getty collection, see:

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  • Amazons
  • Attic - Style and culture of the region of Attica. For culture particular to the capital of Attica, Athens, use "Athenian."
  • 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.
  • kylikes - Ancient Greek drinking vessels in the form of a broad, shallow bowl set on a high foot or pedestal with two upcurving handles.
  • Red-figure - Refers to a style of Greek vase painting that developed from the Black-figure style. It appeared in Athens around 530 BCE and spread to other areas of Greece, southern Italy, Etruria, and elsewhere in the Mediterranean area, until it disappeared in the third century BCE. The style is characterized by a particular technique, which involves the use of refined slip and a two-phase firing process to create a black ground through sintering, with figures reserved in red. The details of the figures are more fluid than in the Black-figure style, and are typically drawn with a brush, using both a defined, black relief line and a more dilute line that varies in color from dark gold to black.
  • sherds - Limited to fragments of pottery or glass.
  • 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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  • Owner Name: Joseph Clark Hoppin
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Acquisition Method: Purchased from Edward Perry Warren
    Disposal Method: Donated to Bryn Mawr College
    Ownership Start Date: 1901
    Ownership End Date: 1901
    Remarks: Hoppin Notes that it is not in the Lewes House Register

  • Owner Name: Edward Perry Warren
    Role: Buyer, Collector, Seller
    Place: Lewes House, England
    Acquisition Method: Purchased in Rome
    Disposal Method: Sold to Joseph Clark Hoppin
    Ownership Start Date: 1901 or before
    Ownership End Date: 1901
    Remarks: -Hoppin notes that it is not in the Lewes House Register
    -Robert Guy, the Honorary Curator of the Herbert A. Cahn Collection in Basle, confirmed a join with the Getty's "Herakles and the Amazons, Malibu, 79.AE.127 (BAPD 13715)" and states that this join "makes the provenance almost without a doubt Cerveteri."

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