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East Greek Lip Cup

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East Greek Lip Cup


Attributed to the Osborne House Painter (Greek, active about 550 - 525 B.C.)


East Greek


Ionia (present-day western Turkey) (Gallery Label (created))


about 550 B.C.



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8.9 × 18.7 × 14.3 cm (3 1/2 × 7 3/8 × 5 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

When this cup was filled, the water birds decorating the interior of the lip would have appeared to wade on the shore of the "wine dark sea." Made by an East Greek potter on the island of Samos in Ionia, just off the coast of modern Turkey, this black-figure cup is an adaptation of what is known as an Athenian Little Master cup. With a somewhat more delicate form, it differs slightly from the Athenian examples in shape. The cup also follows East Greek traditions in the choice of decorative motifs and their placement. Water birds were a favorite East Greek motif for centuries. The rosette inside the cup, a motif derived from the Near East, was popular in the art of Samos in this period. The use of a zone of figural decoration on a cup's interior lip is found only on Ionian, not in Athenian, Little Master cups.

1959 - 1983

Walter Bareiss, American, born Germany, 1919 - 2007 and Molly Bareiss, American, 1920 - 2006 (Stamford, Connecticut), distributed to the Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust, 1983.

1983 - 1986

Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Greek Vases and Modern Drawings from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bareiss (June 13 to October 5, 1969)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), June 13 to October 5, 1969
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection (March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004

Bothmer, Dietrich von, and J. Bean. Greek Vases and Modern Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bareiss. Exh. checklist, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: 1969, p. 1, no. 7.

Schauenburg, Konrad. "Zu attisch-schwarzfigurigen Schalen mit Innenfriesen." Studien zur Griechischen Vasenmalerei, Antike Kunst Supplement 7 (1970), pp. 33-46, p. 35, n. 26.

Langlotz, E. Studien zur Nordostgriechischen Kunst. Mainz: 1975, p. 193, no. 78; pl. 67, fig. 8.

True, Marion, and Jiri Frel. Greek Vases: Molly and Walter Bareiss Collection (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983), p. 10, no. 1, ill.; p. 69, no. 22.

"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987), pp. 160-61, no. 7.

Shefton, Brian B. "East Greek Influences in Sixth-Century Attic Vase-Painting and Some Laconian Trails." Greek Vases in the J. Paul Getty Museum 4 (Occasional Papers on Antiquities 5). (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1989), pp. 41-72, figs. 1a-h.

Jentoft-Nilsen, Marit R., and Arthur Dale Trendall. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. The J. Paul Getty Museum 5 (USA 30) (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994), pp. 3-4; pl. 243.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: 2002), p. 57.

Williams, Dyfri. "Some Thoughts on the Potters and Painters of Plastic Vases before Sotades." In Papers on Special Techniques in Athenian Vases. Edited by K. Lapatin (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2008), p. 163.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), p. 59.