Psiax / Eye Kylix (Wine Cup) / c. 520 BCPsiax
Eye Kylix (Wine Cup)
c. 520 BC

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Creator Name: Psiax
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: Greek
Creator Role: Artist
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Psiax
Title: Eye Kylix (Wine Cup)
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -52
Creation End Date: -51
Creation Date: c. 520 BC
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic
Materials and Techniques: red-figure terracotta
Dimensions: Diameter: 34.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1976.89
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Context: Psiax was one of the first black-figure artists to paint in red-figure. On some of his vases he painted in both red- and black- figure. Vases with this unique combination are called bilingual. Slightly more than a dozen of his red-figure works are known, and yet he is considered one of the great masters of that technique as well. His figures are elegant and graceful, and his compositions dramatic. The eyes on this type of cup were originally meant to fend off the power of the "evil eye." However, they had another, more humorous result. As the drinker raised the cup to his lips, it transformed itself into a monstrous face - on either side of the wild, glaring eyes, the two handles became ears, and the foot of the cup became a snout.Side A: WarriorsSide B: Cithara concertTondo: Four palmettesFoot: (owner's name incised)
AMICA ID: CMA_.1976.89
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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