Ancient Greece, Athens (Attic), ca. 5th century BCE. A finely-executed blackware skyphos with a rounded body, standing upon a tiered ring base, with twin upraised loop handles on either side of the cup. The monochromatic finish serves to accentuate the contours of this superb form. In tondo is an impressed pattern comprised of five leaf forms radiating from a minute circular depression and surrounded by a ring of repeating tongue motifs. A painted black bullseye comprised of concentric circles is visible on the underside of the vessel, which is a characteristic feature of Attic pottery. Size: 6.625" W handlespan x 2.25" H (16.8 cm x 5.7 cm)
According to the Beazley Archive at the University of Oxford, "The term skyphos is ancient, although it seems also to have been used for cups (kylikes). Another term that is often used for deep straight-sided drinking vessels is the Greek kotyle (pl. kotylai), but this too seems to have been used in antiquity for cups of all sorts. Likewise, kylix also seems to have been used to refer to the shape we today term the skyphos." (http://www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/tools/pottery/shapes/skyphos.htm)
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-private German collection, acquired in the 1980s
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