Attic black-figure cup showing the fight between Lapiths and centaurs - ROM2018_16778_3

ROM2018_16778_3

Attic black-figure cup showing the fight between Lapiths and centaurs

Maker: Possiby attributed to the Centaur Painter
Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted with incised detail
Geography: Made in Athens, Greece; findspot unknown
Date: about 550-540 BC
Period: Greek Archaic period
Dimensions:
10.1 x 14 cm
Object number: 919.5.177
Credit Line: Sigmund Samuel Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
DescriptionThe decoration on this Athenian wine cup (kylix or band-cup) shows the legendary battle between the human Lapiths and the uncivilised centaurs. According to Greek myth the Lapith tribe, who lived in Thessaly, invited their neighbours the centaurs to a wedding feast. At the feast the centaurs became drunk and badly behaved, molesting the wives of their hosts and forcing the Lapith men to fight them off. This cup shows the Lapith men, armed with sticks and stones and protected by their cloaks over thier arms, fighting centaurs who are armed with rocks and trees. According to Beazley the style of the decoration "recalls the Centaur Painter".
Collection:
Greek World
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