About this object

A wide drinking cup known as kylix. The decoration is of the Etrusco-Corinthian style and has been attributed to the Griffin-bird Painter. There is one main decorative zone on the Body of the kylix amd it is in white creamy slip. At the centre of this zone there is a bird in a side view and a type of a griffin bird in each of its sides. All the birds are painted in black slip with red colour details. The painter used incision for details such as the feathers and eyes. The central bird and griffin scene is repeated on both sides of the body of the kylix. The lower part of the kylix has decoration of black slip circular bands along its body. The foot is also painted in black slip. The interior of the kylix was also painted in black slip with a thin circular band along the centre of the interior body left in the clay fabric and outlined in red. The middle of the interior is in the fabric of the clay with black slip outilined circular bands. There are also thin circular bands in red along the interior of the rim. The horizontal side handles are in black slip.
A small section of the rim is chipped.The black slip of the interior has falled in one area.

Etrusco-Corinthian vessels are imitations of Corinthian pottery made in Italy by Etruscan artisans.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Griffin-bird Painter
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy
  • Date made
    560 BC - 530 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    95 mm x 249 mm
  • Related people
    Griffin-bird Painter ( Artist/maker); Sotheby's ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1936
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1981
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Solomon Wellcome

    Owned from: 1924-07-08
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1936-06-25
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Sotheby's

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1924-07-08
    Disposal method: Sold
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