From:UC Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectAn Attic kylix or wine cup, known as an eye-cup. The cup illustrates different techniques in Greek vase painting: the male head is in black-figure technique and the female head is in outline.
This Athenian drinking cup is transformed into a mask when it is bought to the lips of the drinker: an illustration of the transformative powers of Dionysus and his role as god of theatre and impersonation. The cup would have been used during a symposium, when the opening prayer – and drink – would have been dedicated to Dionysus.
The English classicist and archaeologist John Beazley conferred the name ‘the Logie Painter’ on the artist who decorated this object in the Logie Collection: a ‘name piece’ such as this is the first attributable example linked to a specific artisan.
MakerAttributed to the Logie Painter
Date Madeca. 525-520 BC
Medium and MaterialsCeramic; Pottery
Style and IconographyBlack-figure
Style and IconographyAttic
TechniqueThrowing (pottery technique)
TechniqueGlazing (coating process)
MeasurementsHeight 11.2cm; Diameter 26.3cm
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by M.K. Steven, 1958
Object TypeDrinking Vessels
Copyright LicenceAll rights reserved