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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1925.30.19
Title
Eye Cup
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 530 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
Period
Archaic period
Culture
Greek
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Black-figure
Dimensions
11.7 x 23 cm (4 5/8 x 9 1/16 in.)
with handles: 11.7 x diam. 30.2 cm (4 5/8 x 11 7/8 in.)
Provenance
Joseph Clark Hoppin, Purchased in Athens, 1897, Bequest to Fogg Art Museum, 1925.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Beazley Archive Database #13318
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Joseph C. Hoppin
Accession Year
1925
Object Number
1925.30.19
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Interior: Gorgoneion, drawn in outline, with irises and lips in added white, the tongue and hair in added red; Exterior: Quadripartite with two eye-areas and two handle-areas. In between each set of large eyes is a rudimentary nose. Between the eyebrows is a teardrop-shaped mark flanked by dots; another dot above the nose. The irises are painted white. Nude komasts flank each pair of eyes near the handles. All but one are beardless and all have red hair. Beneath each handle is an inverted lotus bud with dots. A rounded fillet separates the bowl of the kylix from its pedestalled foot. Condition: One piece of rim broken off and repaired; otherwise intact.
Publication History

Joseph Clark Hoppin and Albert Gallatin, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, U.S.A.: volume 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections, Libraire Ancienne Edouard Champion (Paris, 1926), p. 5, pl. 4-6

Andrew Rasanen, "Black Figure Eye Cups" (Unpublished, Harvard University, 1983)

Kathleen Christian, "A Black Figure Eye Cup in the Hoppin Collection" (Unpublished, Harvard University, 1996)

Stephen R. Wilk, Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon, Oxford University Press (UK) (Oxford, NY, 2000), p. 32, fig. 3.3; p. 177, fig. 9.13

Richard Neer, Style and Politics in Athenian Vase-painting: The Craft of Democracy, ca. 530-460 B.C.E. (Cambridge, 2002), fig. 11, pg. 41

Exhibition History

Fragments of Antiquity: Drawing Upon Greek Vases, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/15/1997 - 12/28/1997

Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/07/2018 - 01/06/2019

Related Media

3D Model: Kylix (drinking cup): Eye Cup

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