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Red-Figure Cup (Kylix) with Arming Scenes

Attributed To The Foundry Painter
Culture Greek
Title Red-Figure Cup (Kylix) with Arming Scenes
Date 490–470 BCE
Medium Terracotta
Dimensions Overall: 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 75.19.1

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This drinking cup depicts young men putting on their armor on both the interior and exterior of the vessel. The subject matter illustrated on drinking cups often served as points for discussion. Since the aristocratic men gathered at symposia would have been required to participate in military activity, this subject matter would have been particularly appropriate. Moreover, heroic warfare was often the subject of the musical and poetic performances which were presented during the symposium. This cup is also a fine example of the red-figure technique and calls attention to the skill of the vase-painter in presenting the human figure in a variety of naturalistic poses—these themes, too, could have stimulated conversation.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

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