Fragmentary Skyphos

Unknownabout 500 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

An acrobatic drinker painted in Six's technique. He bends over to the left while drinking from his wine cup, so that his left hand touches the ground and he balances on that hand and his right foot as he lifts his flexed leg up to expose his genitals. Ivy band just below the rim, alternating black and red tongues just above the foot. Black gloss is spattered on both the lower and upper reserved ornamental borders, and the painter accidentally smeared two black tongues, one of which preserves the artist's fingerprint.

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  • Title: Fragmentary Skyphos
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: about 500 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 15.8 cm (6 1/4 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 Lynda and Max Palevsky
  • Object Type: Skyphos
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 76.AE.127.a
  • Inscription: Inscription above the figure, OSDSKS
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 213, Wine
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Attic)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Lynda and Max Palevsky
  • Classification: Vessels