Attic Bilingual Eye Cup

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Attic Bilingual Eye Cup


Possibly Pheidippos


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place Created)


about 510 B.C.



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13.2 × 31.7 cm (5 3/16 × 12 1/2 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Leon Levy

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The cup is broken and restored, executed in both red and black figure techniques Interior: The interior decoration is mostly missing. Preserved in the tondo, in black-figure, are the two feet and lower hem of a running figure, perhaps Dionysos, carrying a grapevine. Exterior: The exterior is executed in red-figure technique. Side A shows, between the eyes, a helmeted hoplitodromos with a shield decorated with a raven device. Side B shows a crouching, helmeted hoplite between two eyes with a shield decorated with a horse device . Around the handles are large closed palmettes. Added red is used for the inner circles of the irises and the pupils of the eyes.

- 1983

Leon Lévy, 1926 - 2003, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Greeks in the Boot: Greek Influence in Ancient Italy as Reflected in the Pottery of Various Regions (October 5, 2013 to May 17, 2014)
  • Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, California State University, San Bernardino, October 5, 2013 to May 17, 2014

Galerie Gunter Puhze. Kunst der Antike, Katalog 2 (1980), p. 18, no. 128.

"Acquisitions/1983." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12 (1984), p. 244, no. 66.

Kirsch, Eva. Greeks in the Boot: Greek Influences in the Italian Peninsula As Reflected in the Pottery of Various Regions, ca. 800-200 B.C., exh. cat. (San Bernardino: California State University San Bernardino, Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, 2014), Red Figure Technique, entry 4, ill.