Laconian Black Figure Kylix ( wine cup ) - 750 BC
Hand-made ceramic replica from the Black Figure period of ancient Greek ceramic art, depicting a mythologial scene on interior. See additional photos for details. A beautiful additional to your household, or a wonderful gift. Approx. 15 cm in height (5.9").
*This is a hand-painted reproduction, individually signed by the artist.
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THE KYLIX WINE CUP
A kylix ( or cylix ) is a type of wine-drinking cup with a broad, relatively shallow body raised on a stem from a foot and usually with two horizontal handles disposed symmetrically. The word comes from the Greek kulix, "cup," which is cognate with Latin calix, the source of the English word "chalice". The almost flat interior circle on the interior base of the cup - called the tondo - was the primary surface for painted decoration in the Black-figure or Red-figure styles of the 6th and 5th century BC. After the kylixes were formed, an artisan drew a depiction of an event from greek mythology or everyday life with a diluted glaze on the outer surface of the formation. Inside the drinking bowl was often a portrait of dancing and/or festive drinking. Unique compositional skills were necessary for the artisans to attain due to the lack of verticals and horizontals on the surface. Kylixes were most popular during the Mycenaean times of the classic Athenian period of Ancient Greece. Because the primary use for the kylix was at a symposium - a "drinking party", they are often decorated with scenes of a humorous, light-hearted, or sexual nature that would only become visible in stages as the cup was drained.
GREEK BLACK FIGURE POTTERY
The black-figure pottery ( 'μελανόμορφα, melanomorpha ) technique is a style of ancient Greek pottery painting in which the decoration appears as black silhouettes on a red background. The pale, iron-rich clay turned a reddish-orange color when fired, and then the design was sketched in outline and filled in using refined clay as paint. Details would be added with an engraving tool, scratching through the paint layer to the clay below. Originating in Corinth during the early 7th century BC, it was introduced into Attica about a generation later. Other notable black-figure potteries existed at Sparta, Athens, and in eastern Greece. The technique flourished until being practically replaced by the more advanced red-figure pottery technique in 530 BC, although later examples do exist.