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Hoplite Painter
(active ca. 525 BCE - ca. 520 BCE) Primary

Laconian Black-Figure Kylix (Drinking Cup) with Two Warriors

525 BCE - 520 BCE

2 1/16 in. x 7 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. (5.3 cm x 19.05 cm x 13.97 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.81
Other Number(s): R 1734 (Lewes House Register)
5 (Joseph Clark Hoppin's "Warren" Purchase List Number)
Geography: Europe, Greece, Laconia
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Kylikes
Culture/Nationality: Laconian
Findspot: Castel Campanile


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  • Archaic - Refers to the pottery style found in Persia around 6000 BCE. The style is characterized by fine, plain buff pottery tempered with straw that is sometimes decorated with simple red or orange painted designs.
  • 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.
  • kylikes - Ancient Greek drinking vessels in the form of a broad, shallow bowl set on a high foot or pedestal with two upcurving handles.
  • Laconian - Nationality, culture, and general style of ancient Laconia, a region in the southeastern part of the Peloponnese peninsula, for a time having its capital at Sparta.
  • tondi - Circular paintings. For circular two-dimensional motifs, use "medallions (ornament areas)"; use "roundels" for circular panels in architectural contexts.
  • 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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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Ancient Life on Greek Pottery Bryn Mawr College , Mar 30, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015
  • Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr College , Sep 24, 2010 – May 28, 2011
  • Ancient and Primitive Art in Philadelphia Collections University of Pennsylvania. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology , May 5, 1959 – Sep 5, 1959

  • 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

  • Owner Name: Edward Perry Warren
    Role: Buyer, Collector, Seller
    Place: Lewes House, England
    Acquisition Method: Purchased from Borghese Family
    Disposal Method: Sold to Joseph Clark Hoppin
    Ownership Start Date: 1901 or before
    Ownership End Date: 1901

  • Owner Name: Borghese Family
    Role: Excavator
    Place: Pratica di Mare, Italy
    Acquisition Method: Excavated in Castel Campanile
    Disposal Method: Sold to Edward Perry Warren
    Ownership Start Date: 1837
    Ownership End Date: 1901 or earlier
    Remarks: Excavated in Castel Campanile near ancient Caere (Cerveteri)

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • E.A. Lane, "Lakonian Vase-Painting." The Annual of the British School at Athens 34 (1933): 143.
  • B.B. Shefton, "Three Laconian Vase-Painters." The Annual of the British School at Athens 49 (1954): 304, Figure Number: 15.
  • Dorothy Kent Hill, "Castel Campanile and Its Pottery." Journal of the Walters Art Gallery 3 (1940): 112, 137 no. 2, Figure Number: 3.
  • Conrad M. Stibbe, Lakonische Vasenmaler des sechsten Jahrhunderts North-Holland Pub. Co.. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1972
    Page Number: v. Chr. No. 93 page 274 , Figure Number: pl. 31
  • Conrad M. Stibbe, Lakonische Vasenmaler des sechsten Jahrhunderts Philipp von Zabern. Mainz am Rhein, 2004
    Page Number: v. Chr. Supplement. Mainz: Philipp von Zabern. Page 237
  • Marianne Hansen and Emily Croll. Worlds to Discover. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
    Page Number: 9
  • Mary Hamilton Swindler, "The Bryn Mawr Collection of Greek Vases," American Journal of Archaeology 20, no. 3 (1916): 309, Figure Number: Plate XI.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Gerald Schaus, The Extramural Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone at Cyrene, Libya (Philadelphia, PA: University Museum, University of Pennsylvania in association with the Libyan Department of Antiquities, Tripoli, People's Socialist Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, 1984), 165, 237.

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