Fragmentary Skyphos

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Fragmentary Skyphos


Attributed to near the Theseus Painter (Greek (Attic), active about 510 - about 490 B.C.)
Attributed to the Heron Class (Etruscan, active 680 - 660 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place created)


about 500 B.C.



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15.8 × 12 × 14 cm (6 1/4 × 4 3/4 × 5 1/2 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Lynda and Max Palevsky

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An acrobatic drinker painted in Six's technique. He bends over to the left while drinking from his wine cup, so that his left hand touches the ground and he balances on that hand and his right foot as he lifts his flexed leg up to expose his genitals. Ivy band just below the rim, alternating black and red tongues just above the foot. Black gloss is spattered on both the lower and upper reserved ornamental borders, and the painter accidentally smeared one of the black tongues, preserving his fingerprint.

- 1976

Max Palevsky


and Lynda Palevsky, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1976.

The Colors of Clay: Special Techniques in Athenian Vases (June 8 to September 4, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), June 8 to September 4, 2006

Grossman, Janet Burnett. "Six's Technique at the Getty," Greek Vases in the J. Paul Getty Museum, 5. Occasional Papers on Antiquities, 7 (1991), pp. 13-26, figs. 2a-c.

Borgers, Olaf.The Theseus Painter: Style, Shapes and Iconography. Vol. 16, (Amsterdam : Allard Pierson Series, 2004), cat. no. N65; nn.166, 639.

Cohen, Beth, ed. The Colors of Clay: Special Techniques in Athenian Vases, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006), pp. 94-95, cat. no. 21, fig. 21.

Cohen, Beth. "The Colors of Clay: Combining Special Techniques on Athenian Vases." In Papers on Special Techniques on Athenian Vases. Edited by K. Lapatin (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2008), p.7.

Oakley, John H. The Greek Vase: Art of the Storyteller (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), p. 143, fig. 6.