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 presents a lovely picture of a young woman at a laver. By her feet stands the bail amphora in which water was carried. She has her hair in a sakkos (snood) and wears a chiton that shows off the painter's skill in drawing and handling dilute glaze. The skyphos (deep drinking cup) and wineskin on the wall subtly introduce the symposium at which this cup was used and in which the youths on the exterior would soon participate.