Attic black-figure 'eye cup' showing amazons fleeing - ROM2018_16778_46

ROM2018_16778_46

Attic black-figure 'eye cup' showing amazons fleeing

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted with incised detail
Geography: Made in Athens, Greece; found in the Chiusi area, Etruria, Italy
Date: about 500-490 BC
Period: Greek Archaic period
Dimensions:
8.6 x 19.8 cm
Object number: 941.24.2
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
Description

This Athenian wine cup (kylix) is called an 'eye cup' because of the large eyes painted on the outside. Between the huge eyes on each side is a female Amazon warrior wearing a helmet and carrying a round shield. Behind her are sprays of vine leaves. Outside the pair of eyes, beside the handles are a satyr and a maenad, followers of Dionysos. In the centre of the inside of the cup is a round bearded head of a gorgon (gorgoneion).



Collection:
Greek World
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