Attic Red-Figure Cup Type B Fragment

Proto-Panaitian Groupabout 500 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Two nude boys race their horses in this scene painted on the outside of a drinking cup. The horses are depicted with their front legs well off the ground and their bodies stretched forward, conveying their swift speed. The jockeys, in keeping with the pace, seem to barely hold on to the reins. They lean backward, their long hair flying behind in the breeze. A mazelike meander simulates the ground beneath the horses, and the pillars probably represent the race's start and finish lines. An inscription translated from Greek identifies one of the riders. It reads: "Leagros is beautiful."

On the opposite side of the cup is a fragmentary image of a footrace. One runner stretches forward, his right leg and arm behind him.

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  • Title: Attic Red-Figure Cup Type B Fragment
  • Creator: Proto-Panaitian Group
  • Date: about 500 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 23.4 cm (9 3/16 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
  • Object Type: Cup
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 86.AE.282
  • Inscription: Inscription: Translated from Greek: "Leagros is beautiful".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Attic)
  • Classification: Vessels