From:UC Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectSkyphoi (singular: skyphos) were deep-wine cups, commonly used at symposium.
On the lip of side A are a bird and a female head facing each other, set between ivy sprays. The bird is possibly a dove. Details have been added in yellow, red and white. The main body of the cup is decorated with what is known as an 'egg and dart' motif, and bands of vertical lines.
This vase was painted by a member of the Alexandria Group, a large group of South Italian vase-painters, given this name because a large number of their vases were found in Alexandria. Their subject matter usually included birds and women between sprays of ivy or floral motifs.
MakerAttributed to the Alexandria Group
Date Madeca. 399-375 BC
Place MadeItaly; Apulia
Medium and MaterialsCeramic: Pottery
Style and IconographyApulian
Style and IconographyGnathian
TechniqueSlip trailing (relief line)
TechniqueThrowing (pottery technique)
MeasurementsHeight 157mm; Diameter 186mm.
Subject and Association KeywordsAnimals in art
Subject and Association KeywordsWomen in art
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by T.B.L. Webster, 1968.
Object TypeDrinking Vessels
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