Greece, Athens, ca. 540 to 530 BCE. An elegant Attic kylix (drinking cup), the vessel presenting a classic form with a deep bowl and twin, upturned loop handles upon a pedestal base. The exterior walls are finely decorated via the black-figure technique. Sides A and B have nearly identical painted scenes, featuring two nude running athletes, both in profile. Black bands, highlights, and decorative palmettes to either side of each handle, as well as a small unpainted disc in tondo, complete the vessel. This is a beautiful example, made to be associated with the celebratory ceremonies of the Dionysiac cult. Size: 8.25" W x 3.7" H (21 cm x 9.4 cm)
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
Provenance: The Dere Family Collection, New York, USA, assembled 1970's-2000's; ex-G. Lemos Collection, Connecticut, USA, acquired in 1980's
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Two small drill holes on the base and one on the underside for TL testing. Repaired from multiple pieces, with some overpainting along the repair lines. One small loss from the athlete motif on one side.