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"Mastos" with Combat Scenes

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Description This shape of drinking-cup is called a "mastos" and resembles a woman's breast. On the front, a soldier whose nudity signifies heroic status advances against two warriors dressed in short tunics; two heralds watch from either side. On the back, a nude warrior confronts a clothed one in a similar scene. Beneath the horizontal handle stands a siren, a mythical creature with a woman's head and a bird's body, whose powers included knowledge of the outcome of battles.
Date Description Narrative
  • Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), New York. 2009-2011.
Provenance Engel-Gros Sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris 1921, no. 38; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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ca. 530 BCE (Archaic)
terracotta; black figure
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H: 3 11/16 x W: 7 3/16 x Diam: 5 3/16 in. (9.3 x 18.2 x 13.2 cm)


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