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Penthesilea Painter
Ancient Greek (460 BCE - 440 BCE) Primary

Attic Red-Figure Skyphos (Cup) Fragment

ca. 460 BCE

1 1/4 x 1 3/16 x 1/8 in. (3.2 x 3 x 0.3 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.959
Geography: Europe, Greece
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Skyphoi
Culture/Nationality: Attic
Findspot: Province of Syracuse (Sicily)

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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."
  • 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)."
  • 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.
  • Satyrs and Maenads - Maenads are human female followers of Dionysus (sometimes called Nymphai) - Note added June 2010 by M. Weldon.
  • 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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Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Giuliana Riccioni, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Italia, Fascicule 28 (Rome, Italy: Libreria dello Stato, 1957), III.I.38. Figure Number: Plate (1282) 34.1
  • Gudrun Guntner, Mythen und Menschen (Mainz am Rhein: P. von Zabern, 1997), 101-103. Figure Number: No.29
  • Maria Pia Rossignani, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Italia, Fascicule 45 (Rome, Italy: L'Erma di Bretschneider, 1970), III.I.4, III.I.5. Figure Number: Plate (2025) 5.1

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