Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to Douris

Period: Archaic

Date: ca. 500 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. 4 7/16 in. (11.2 cm)
width 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm)
diameter 10 9/16 in. (26.9 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.322.1


The interior of this red-figure kylix (shallow drinking cup) presents an elegant image of a young woman bending over a shallow basin of water. She is gracefully attired with a patterned scarf around her head and a full-length pleated chiton that shows off the painter's skill in drawing and handling dilute glaze. At her feet is a bail amphora in which water was carried from the fountain house. The wineskin that hangs on the wall behind her and the skyphos (deep drinking cup) that hangs in front of her allude to the symposium, the social gathering where this cup would have been used.