Attic Black-Figure Pottery
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Greek (active 560 BCE - 530 BCE) Primary
Attic Black-Figure Outline Kylix (Drinking Cup) Fragment with Head of a WomanArchaic
540 BCE - 530 BCE
1 5/16 x 1 5/8 x 1/8 in. (3.3 x 4.1 x 0.3 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
This object has the following keywords:
- 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.
- female - Referring to the sex that normally produces eggs or female germ cells.
- kylikes - Ancient Greek drinking vessels in the form of a broad, shallow bowl set on a high foot or pedestal with two upcurving handles.
- lip cups - Kylikes with a lip which curves slightly outward and is clearly tooled off from the body. It also features a reserved bowl and black handles, stem, and foot. Figures were often painted on the lip and/or an inscription, often the potter's signature, is written in the zone between the handles.
- little master cups - Black-figure kylikes characterized by miniature decoration; generally of the 7th and early 6th centuries BCE. They also feature a slightly offset lip, a moderately deep bowl, and a very tall stem and foot. The little master cup was one of the forms to predominate in black-figure until about 540 BCE. Ther term comes from the English translation of the German word 'kleinmeister.'
- portraits - Representations of real individuals that are intended to capture a known or supposed likeness, usually including the face of the person. For representations intended to be anonymous, or of fictional or mythological characters, see "figures (representations)."
- 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)."
- women - Refers to female human beings from young adulthood through old age.
- Ancient Life on Greek Pottery Bryn Mawr College , Mar 30, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015
- Breaking Ground, Breaking Tradition: Bryn Mawr and the First Generation of Women Archaeologists Bryn Mawr College , Sep 19, 2007 – Dec 19, 2007
Owner Name: Joseph Clark Hoppin
Place: Bryn Mawr, PA
Acquisition Method: Purchased from Paul Hartwig
Disposal Method: Donated to Bryn Mawr College
Ownership Start Date: 1901
Ownership End Date: 1901
Owner Name: Paul Hartwig
Role: Collector, Seller
Acquisition Method: unknown
Disposal Method: Sold to Joseph Clark Hoppin
Ownership Start Date: unknown
Ownership End Date: 1901
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
Mary Hamilton Swindler
and H. Milford.
Oxford University Press; Yale University Press.
New Haven, CT, 1929
Figure Number: 267
J. D. Beazley,
Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters
Oxford, United Kingdom, 1956
Page Number: 171, Figure Number: 4
Joseph Clark Hoppin,
A Handbook of Greek Black-Figured Vases.
London, England, 1924
Page Number: 324
- J. D. Beazley, "Little-Master Cups." Journal of Hellenic Studies 52 (1932): 174.
Leipzig, Germany, 1937
Page Number: 6, Figure Number: 23
Gisela M.A. Richter,
Archaic Greek Art Against Its Historical Background
Oxford University Press.
New York, NY, 1949
Page Number: 79, Figure Number: 130
Thomas H. Carpenter
and Thomas Mannack.
Beazley addenda; 1989
Oxford University Press, for the British Academy.
Oxford, United Kingdom, 1989
Page Number: 48
and Piero Pelagatti.
Milan, Italy, 1999
Page Number: [313-321] 316, Figure Number: 4
Athenian Little-Master Cups
Peeter Heesen, distributed by Chairebooks.
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2011
Page Number: 280-281, no. 185
Three Thousand Yeas of Classical Art
University of Sydney.
Sydney, Australia, 1970
Figure Number: 58
- Mary Hamilton Swindler, "The Bryn Mawr Collection of Greek Vases," American Journal of Archaeology 20, no. 3 (1916): 320, Figure Number: 8.
- The Classical Art Research Centre, "The Beazley Archive Online." Classical Art Research Centre. (Accessed April 1, 2020): University of Oxford, http://www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/index.htm. Figure Number: 301091.
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