Attic Black Figure Eye Cup

Title

Attic Black Figure Eye Cup

Description

At 0.12 m in height (4.48 inches), this wide-brimmed cup with two low placed handles is fired using the black figure technique. There are two figures on the front. The figures, although not labeled, can be identified as Herakles and Athena thanks to their attributes. Herakles, as he is in many ancient art scenes, is wearing a lion's skin cloak and carrying a club in reference to his triumphant defeat of the Nemean Lion during the Twelve Labors. Athena is wearing her typical warrior's helmet in reference to her being both the Goddess of wisdom and born from the head of Zeus. The two figures are centered between two large eyes above the left of which is the painted "ΝΙΚΟΣΘΕΝΕΣ ΕΠΟΙΕΣΕΝ."

There are three figures painted on the reverse of the cup that are not pictured here. Their identities are not as easily deduced but can be viewed at the Getty Museum online catalog for the item (see sources below).
On Cup: ΝΙΚΟΣΘΕΝΕΣ ΕΠΟΙΕΣΕΝ

Transcribed: Νικόσθενες ἐποίεσεν

Translation: "Nikosthenes made it."

Creator

Nikosthenes

Source

The J. Paul Getty Museum, "Attic Black-Figure Eye Cup", https://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/11896/attributed-to-the-painter-of-the-villa-giulia-63613-signed-by-nikosthenes-attic-black-figure-eye-cup-greek-attic-about-530-bc/?dz=#e48fc216ee9f0349aa6ebfa101ba5bf2831c0d35

Date

530-510 BCE

Contributor

Pria Jackson, Tina Salowey (photo)

Rights

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Format

terracottas (sculptural works)
Black-figure

Language

Ancient Greek

Type

Identifier

eye_cup_01

Coverage

Athens, Periféreia Protevoúsis, Greece
East Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

Citation

Nikosthenes, “Attic Black Figure Eye Cup,” Hollins University Library Digital Exhibits, accessed October 22, 2019, http://digitalexhibits.hollins.edu/items/show/48.

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