Cycladic calyx-shaped kylix

Unknown"2800-2300 BC" - ""

Museum of Cycladic Art

Museum of Cycladic Art
Athens, Greece

The "calyx-shaped kylix" was one of the most elegent vessel forms made in marble in the Early Bronze Age Aegean. The walls of this vessel are so thin that the marble appears almost translucent. Such fine work attests to the exceptional skills of the craftsmen of the Cyclades in the 3rd millennium BC.
Chalices of this type were usually made of white marble, although we do know also examples in dark or veined qualities of the material. Several of them preserve traces of red pigment inside, and in some cases traces of deep blue or green.


  • Title: Cycladic calyx-shaped kylix
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: "2800-2300 BC" - ""
  • Provenance: Unknown
  • Physical Dimensions: h67 mm
  • Period: Early Bronze Age
  • Culture: Cycladic
  • Type: kylix
  • Rights: N.P. Goulandris Foundation - Museum of Cycladic Art, N.P. Goulandis Collection, no. 279, http://www.cycladic.gr/frontoffice/portal.asp?cpage=NODE&cnode=25&clang=1
  • External Link: Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece
  • Medium: marble

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