American Association of Museums logo

› Kylix, Attic Black-figure Eye Cup

Greek

Kylix, Attic Black-figure Eye Cup

Kylix, Attic Black-figure Eye Cup

c. 520 - 500 B.C.
terracotta
diameter: 8 1/2

Museum Purchase, AP.1966.28.1

This kylix, or drinking cup, is one of about thirty vessels traditionally classified as the Group of Courting Cups.  They are all eye cups of consistent shape, typified by a shallow bowl, plain lip, and a short, splayed foot. Appearing on both sides of the kylix, the eyes become part of a face when the cup is tipped to drink; the handles mimic ears, and the foot, a nose.  The eyes may be merely a decorative element or may be an attempt to ward off evil and bad fortune.  Also depicted on this kylix is a male youth riding a hippalektryon, a mythical creature, half horse and half rooster.  Most hybrid creatures seem to have been introduced to Greek culture from the East, but the hippalektryon has no known prototype.  The animal appears regularly on Attic vases from 550 to 500 B.C., but is scarcely mentioned by Greek writers of the day.

< < Back Next > >

stdClass Object ( [nid] => 341 [type] => permanent_art [language] => en [uid] => 1 [status] => 1 [created] => 1320956036 [changed] => 1321650189 [comment] => 0 [promote] => 0 [moderate] => 0 [sticky] => 0 [tnid] => 0 [translate] => 0 [vid] => 341 [revision_uid] => 1 [title] => Kylix, Attic Black-figure Eye Cup [body] =>
Catalog Number: 
AP.1966.28.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Greek
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
Yes
Permanent Year: 
520 - 500 B.C.
Permanent Period: 
Ancient Art
Permanent Material: 
terracotta<br />diameter: 8 1/2

This kylix, or drinking cup, is one of about thirty vessels traditionally classified as the Group of Courting Cups.  They are all eye cups of consistent shape, typified by a shallow bowl, plain lip, and a short, splayed foot. Appearing on both sides of the kylix, the eyes become part of a face when the cup is tipped to drink; the handles mimic ears, and the foot, a nose.  The eyes may be merely a decorative element or may be an attempt to ward off evil and bad fortune.  Also depicted on this kylix is a male youth riding a hippalektryon, a mythical creature, half horse and half rooster.  Most hybrid creatures seem to have been introduced to Greek culture from the East, but the hippalektryon has no known prototype.  The animal appears regularly on Attic vases from 550 to 500 B.C., but is scarcely mentioned by Greek writers of the day.

Permanent Gift: 
Museum Purchase
[log] => [revision_timestamp] => 1321650189 [format] => 2 [name] => trsg_admin [picture] => [data] => a:2:{s:5:"block";a:1:{s:6:"system";a:1:{i:0;i:0;}}s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-e117a51f84d9bea5fc43155d6e4b7d47";} [path] => art/permanent-collection/kylix-attic-black-figure-eye-cup [field_permanent_artist_fname] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Greek [safe] => Greek [view] => Greek ) ) [field_permanent_artist_lname] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => [safe] => [view] => ) ) [field_permanent_year] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 520 - 500 B.C. [safe] => 520 - 500 B.C. [view] => 520 - 500 B.C. ) ) [field_permanent_period] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1 [safe] => 1 [view] => Ancient Art ) ) [field_permanent_material] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => terracotta
diameter: 8 1/2 [safe] => terracotta<br />diameter: 8 1/2 [view] => terracotta<br />diameter: 8 1/2 ) ) [field_permanent_gift] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Museum Purchase [safe] => Museum Purchase [view] => Museum Purchase ) ) [field_permanent_image] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [fid] => 295 [uid] => 1 [filename] => AP_1966_28_1.jpg [filepath] => sites/default/files/images/gallery/AP_1966_28_1.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 402162 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1321367218 [list] => 1 [data] => Array ( [alt] => [title] => ) [nid] => 341 [view] => ) ) [field_permanent_catalog] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => AP.1966.28.1 [safe] => AP.1966.28.1 [view] => AP.1966.28.1 ) ) [field_permanent_subtitle] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => [safe] => [view] => ) ) [field_permanent_location] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => [safe] => [view] => ) ) [field_permanent_life] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => [safe] => [view] => ) ) [field_permanent_year_c] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1 [safe] => 1 [view] => Yes ) ) [field_permanent_featured] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => No [safe] => No [view] => No ) ) [field_permanent_quote] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => [safe] => [view] => ) ) [current_revision_id] => 341 [is_current] => 1 [num_revisions] => 1 [revision_moderation] => [is_pending] => [_workflow] => [taxonomy] => Array ( ) [page_title] => [nodewords] => Array ( [abstract] => Array ( [value] => ) [canonical] => Array ( [value] => ) [copyright] => Array ( [value] => ) [dcterms.contributor] => Array ( [value] => ) [dcterms.creator] => Array ( [value] => ) [dcterms.date] => Array ( [value] => Array ( [month] => 11 [day] => 10 [year] => 2011 ) ) [dcterms.title] => Array ( [value] => ) [description] => Array ( [value] => ) [keywords] => Array ( [value] => ) [location] => Array ( [latitude] => [longitude] => ) [revisit-after] => Array ( [value] => 1 ) [robots] => Array ( [value] => Array ( [noarchive] => 0 [nofollow] => 0 [noindex] => 0 [noodp] => 0 [nosnippet] => 0 [noydir] => 0 ) [use_default] => 0 ) ) [build_mode] => 0 [readmore] => 1 [content] => Array ( [#pre_render] => Array ( [0] => content_alter_extra_weights ) [#content_extra_fields] => Array ( [title] => Array ( [label] => Title [description] => Node module form. [weight] => 11 ) [body_field] => Array ( [label] => Body [description] => Node module form. [weight] => 25 [view] => body ) [revision_information] => Array ( [label] => Revision information [description] => Node module form. [weight] => 30 ) [author] => Array ( [label] => Authoring information [description] => Node module form. [weight] => 29 ) [options] => Array ( [label] => Publishing options [description] => Node module form. [weight] => 31 ) [menu] => Array ( [label] => Menu settings [description] => Menu module form. [weight] => 17 ) [path] => Array ( [label] => Path settings [description] => Path module form. [weight] => 32 ) [workflow] => Array ( [label] => Workflow [description] => Workflow module form [weight] => 28 ) [nodewords] => Array ( [label] => Meta tags [description] => Meta tags fieldset. [weight] => 10 ) ) [field_permanent_subtitle] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_subtitle [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 12 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => default [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_subtitle [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => text_formatter_default [#item] => Array ( [value] => [safe] => [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => ) [#title] => [#description] => [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_subtitle [#title] => Sub Title [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#printed] => 1 ) [field_permanent_location] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_location [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 13 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => default [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_location [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => text_formatter_default [#item] => Array ( [value] => [safe] => [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => ) [#title] => [#description] => [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_location [#title] => Permanent Art Location [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#printed] => 1 ) [field_permanent_life] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_life [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 14 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => default [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_life [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => text_formatter_default [#item] => Array ( [value] => [safe] => [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => ) [#title] => [#description] => [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_life [#title] => Permanent Art Life Span [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#printed] => 1 ) [field_permanent_catalog] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_catalog [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 15 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => default [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_catalog [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => text_formatter_default [#item] => Array ( [value] => AP.1966.28.1 [safe] => AP.1966.28.1 [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => [#children] => AP.1966.28.1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] => AP.1966.28.1 [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_catalog [#title] => Catalog Number [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#children] => AP.1966.28.1 [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] =>
Catalog Number: 
AP.1966.28.1
[#printed] => 1 ) [field_permanent_featured] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_featured [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 16 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => default [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_featured [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => text_formatter_default [#item] => Array ( [value] => No [safe] => No [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => [#children] => No ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] => No [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_featured [#title] => Featured [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#children] => No [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] => [#printed] => 1 ) [field_permanent_artist_fname] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_artist_fname [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 18 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => default [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_artist_fname [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => text_formatter_default [#item] => Array ( [value] => Greek [safe] => Greek [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => [#children] => Greek ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] => Greek [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_artist_fname [#title] => Permanent Artist First Name [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#children] => Greek [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] =>
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Greek
[#printed] => 1 ) [field_permanent_artist_lname] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_artist_lname [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 19 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => default [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_artist_lname [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => text_formatter_default [#item] => Array ( [value] => [safe] => [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => ) [#title] => [#description] => [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_artist_lname [#title] => Permanent Artist Last Name [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#printed] => 1 ) [field_permanent_image] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_image [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 20 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => image_plain [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_image [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => imagefield_formatter_image_plain [#item] => Array ( [fid] => 295 [uid] => 1 [filename] => AP_1966_28_1.jpg [filepath] => sites/default/files/images/gallery/AP_1966_28_1.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 402162 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1321367218 [list] => 1 [data] => Array ( [alt] => [title] => ) [nid] => 341 [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => [#children] => ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] => [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_image [#title] => Permanent Image [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#children] => [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] =>
Permanent Image: 
[#printed] => 1 ) [field_permanent_year_c] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_year_c [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 21 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => default [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_year_c [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => text_formatter_default [#item] => Array ( [value] => 1 [safe] => 1 [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => [#children] => Yes ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] => Yes [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_year_c [#title] => Add "c."? [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#children] => Yes [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] =>
Add "c."?: 
Yes
[#printed] => 1 ) [field_permanent_year] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_year [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 22 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => default [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_year [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => text_formatter_default [#item] => Array ( [value] => 520 - 500 B.C. [safe] => 520 - 500 B.C. [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => [#children] => 520 - 500 B.C. ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] => 520 - 500 B.C. [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_year [#title] => Permanent Year [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#children] => 520 - 500 B.C. [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] =>
Permanent Year: 
520 - 500 B.C.
[#printed] => 1 ) [field_permanent_period] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_period [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 23 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => default [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_period [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => text_formatter_default [#item] => Array ( [value] => 1 [safe] => 1 [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => [#children] => Ancient Art ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] => Ancient Art [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_period [#title] => Permanent Period [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#children] => Ancient Art [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] =>
Permanent Period: 
Ancient Art
[#printed] => 1 ) [field_permanent_material] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_material [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 24 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => default [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_material [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => text_formatter_default [#item] => Array ( [value] => terracotta
diameter: 8 1/2 [safe] => terracotta<br />diameter: 8 1/2 [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => [#children] => terracotta<br />diameter: 8 1/2 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] => terracotta<br />diameter: 8 1/2 [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_material [#title] => Permanent Material [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#children] => terracotta<br />diameter: 8 1/2 [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] =>
Permanent Material: 
terracotta<br />diameter: 8 1/2
[#printed] => 1 ) [body] => Array ( [#weight] => 25 [#value] =>

This kylix, or drinking cup, is one of about thirty vessels traditionally classified as the Group of Courting Cups.  They are all eye cups of consistent shape, typified by a shallow bowl, plain lip, and a short, splayed foot. Appearing on both sides of the kylix, the eyes become part of a face when the cup is tipped to drink; the handles mimic ears, and the foot, a nose.  The eyes may be merely a decorative element or may be an attempt to ward off evil and bad fortune.  Also depicted on this kylix is a male youth riding a hippalektryon, a mythical creature, half horse and half rooster.  Most hybrid creatures seem to have been introduced to Greek culture from the East, but the hippalektryon has no known prototype.  The animal appears regularly on Attic vases from 550 to 500 B.C., but is scarcely mentioned by Greek writers of the day.

[#title] => [#description] => [#printed] => 1 ) [field_permanent_gift] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_gift [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 26 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => default [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_gift [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => text_formatter_default [#item] => Array ( [value] => Museum Purchase [safe] => Museum Purchase [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => [#children] => Museum Purchase ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] => Museum Purchase [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_gift [#title] => Permanent Gift [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#children] => Museum Purchase [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] =>
Permanent Gift: 
Museum Purchase
[#printed] => 1 ) [field_permanent_quote] => Array ( [#type_name] => permanent_art [#context] => full [#field_name] => field_permanent_quote [#post_render] => Array ( [0] => content_field_wrapper_post_render ) [#weight] => 27 [field] => Array ( [#description] => [items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [#formatter] => default [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type_name] => permanent_art [#field_name] => field_permanent_quote [#weight] => 0 [#theme] => text_formatter_default [#item] => Array ( [value] => [safe] => [#delta] => 0 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#theme_used] => 1 [#printed] => 1 [#type] => [#value] => [#prefix] => [#suffix] => ) [#title] => [#description] => [#printed] => 1 ) [#single] => 1 [#attributes] => Array ( ) [#required] => [#parents] => Array ( ) [#tree] => [#context] => full [#page] => 1 [#field_name] => field_permanent_quote [#title] => Permanent Quote [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#teaser] => [#node] => stdClass Object *RECURSION* [#type] => content_field [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#printed] => 1 ) [#title] => [#description] => [#children] =>
Catalog Number: 
AP.1966.28.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Greek
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
Yes
Permanent Year: 
520 - 500 B.C.
Permanent Period: 
Ancient Art
Permanent Material: 
terracotta<br />diameter: 8 1/2

This kylix, or drinking cup, is one of about thirty vessels traditionally classified as the Group of Courting Cups.  They are all eye cups of consistent shape, typified by a shallow bowl, plain lip, and a short, splayed foot. Appearing on both sides of the kylix, the eyes become part of a face when the cup is tipped to drink; the handles mimic ears, and the foot, a nose.  The eyes may be merely a decorative element or may be an attempt to ward off evil and bad fortune.  Also depicted on this kylix is a male youth riding a hippalektryon, a mythical creature, half horse and half rooster.  Most hybrid creatures seem to have been introduced to Greek culture from the East, but the hippalektryon has no known prototype.  The animal appears regularly on Attic vases from 550 to 500 B.C., but is scarcely mentioned by Greek writers of the day.

Permanent Gift: 
Museum Purchase
[#printed] => 1 ) [links] => Array ( ) )