Feb 19, 2021
Feb 19, 2021
Feb 19, 2021

Black-Figure Kotyle (Drinking Cup): Animal Friezes

Black-Figure Kotyle (Drinking Cup): Animal Friezes

600s-500s BC, with modern painting and incision

attributed to Shoe Lane Painter

(Greek, early-mid 1900s)


Overall: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1924.873


Did you know?

Although the body of this cup is ancient, its handles and figural decoration are modern.


This vessel began as an authentic drinking cup in the ancient Greek city of Corinth. Originally bearing no figural decoration, it was given new handles and animal friezes in a style recalling that of ancient Corinthian artists. The modern decorator was prolific enough that scholars have recognized their hand, coining the name “Shoe Lane Painter” after a street in Athens where many such vases were sold.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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