Attic Bilingual Eye Cup

Possibly Pheidipposabout 510 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The cup is broken and restored, executed in both red and black figure techniques Interior: The interior decoration is mostly missing. Preserved in the tondo, in black-figure, are the two feet and lower hem of a running figure, perhaps Dionysos, carrying a grapevine. Exterior: The exterior is executed in red-figure technique. Side A shows, between the eyes, a helmeted hoplitodromos with a shield decorated with a raven device. Side B shows a crouching, helmeted hoplite between two eyes with a shield decorated with a horse device . Around the handles are large closed palmettes. Added red is used for the inner circles of the irises and the pupils of the eyes.

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  • Title: Attic Bilingual Eye Cup
  • Creator: Possibly Pheidippos
  • Date: about 510 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 13.2 x 31.7 cm (5 3/16 x 12 1/2 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, Gift of Leon Levy
  • Object Type: Cup
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 83.AE.240
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Attic)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Leon Levy
  • Classification: Vessels