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Terracotta kylix: lip-cup (drinking cup)

Signed by Nearchos as potter
ca. 560–550 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
Overall: 4 9/16 x 9 1/4in. (11.5 x 23.5cm) diameter 7 1/16in. (17.9cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Christos G. Bastis Gift, 1961
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Interior, siren
Exterior, obverse and reverse, inscription: Nearchos made me

Nearchos was a potter and painter active during the second quarter of the sixth century B.C. His major preserved works include the aryballos (oil flask) displayed nearby. The incisive characterization of figures and a predilection for color are important features of his style. His signature on lip-cups attests to his activity into the middle of the century.
Signature: Signed by Nearchos as potter

Inscription: Inscribed: "Nearchos made me"
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1962. "Five Attic Black-figured Lip-Cups." American Journal of Archaeology, 66(3): p. 255, pl. 65.1–3.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 31, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 30, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. p. 82, fig. 32, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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