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"Skyphos" with Dancer and "Komast"


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This "skyphos," a large drinking cup, depicts a dancer and a "komast," a drunken reveler. The dancer lunges to the right with extended arms, while the "komast" stands in profile holding a "skyphos." These scenes of festivity are fitting for this vessel, which was associated with the "symposium" (men's drinking party). This particular piece bears evidence of ancient repairs: several copper-alloy clamps-some now broken-were used to join the pieces of the damaged vessel, indicating the value of the "skyphos" to the owner even after it had lost its function of holding liquid.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/05/1959Treatmentcleaned
6/10/1987Treatmentother; coated; stabilized; cleaned; reconstructed; repaired
4/15/2011Treatmentcleaned; other
Provenance Sale XVI, Basel, June 30, 1956, no. 132; Paul I. Ilton [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; The Paul I. Ilton Collection Sale, Hans M. F. Schulman, New York, November 21, 1959, no. 637; Walters Art Msueum, 1959, by purchase.
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Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the S. & A.P. Fund, 1959

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Period
ca. 475-450 BCE (Classical)
Medium
terracotta, wheel made; red figure. Repaired with copper alloy
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.2121
Measurements
H: 5 1/2 x Diam: 10 13/16 in. (13.9 x 27.5 cm) with handles; Diam. at mouth: 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm); Diam. at foot: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
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