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Black-Figure Cup (Kylix) with Palmettes & Lotus Buds

Attributed To The Naukratis Painter
Culture Greek
Title Black-Figure Cup (Kylix) with Palmettes & Lotus Buds
Date 575–550 BCE
Medium Terracotta
Dimensions rim diameter: 8 1/2 in. (21.7 cm)
Overall: 4 15/16 × 11 in. (12.5 × 27.9 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 84.27

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About this Work

This cup reminds us that ornamental design was an important aspect of Greek vessels. This type of design continued to be used with and, in this case, instead of narrative design. The intricate patterns used here are based loosely on natural floral forms—palm leaves and lotus buds—but they are highly stylized and mathematically organized.

1984, Indiana University Art Museum purchase from Antike Kunst Palladion, Basel, Switzerland

1984, Antike Kunst Palladion (Ursula Vecchia), Basel, Switzerland [1]

? –1984, Collection of Mrs. Borowzowa, Switzerland [2]


[1] In the certificate of authentication supplied by Ursula Vecchia (Ref: 838-9; undated), sole proprietor of Antike Kunst Palladion, Vecchia specifies herself as the cup's current owner prior to its sale to Indiana University Art Museum (transcript in Registration files).

[2] Provenance noted by Ursula Vecchia (source as above).

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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