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Attic Red-Figure Skyphos

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Attic Red-Figure Skyphos




Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place Created)


460–450 B.C.



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15.3 × 27.5 × 17.9 cm (6 × 10 13/16 × 7 1/16 in.)

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Object Description

An unusual scene decorates both sides of this red-figure drinking vessel (skyphos). On the front, a woman stoops to drink from a large skyphos. The girl behind her balances a full wineskin on her head and carries a bowl and a jug. The reverse shows a storeroom full of household items. At the left, a stand with lion's-paw feet supports a skyphos, and various wine-serving utensils--a ladle, a sieve, and an oinochoe--hang from its hooks. In the center of the room, a cooking pot and grill hang from the wall. Chests and large wine vessels complete the scene. The two sides of the vase suggest that the woman has just left the storeroom and is getting drunk. In the male-centered society of fifth-century B.C. Athens, which celebrated group drinking at the symposium, a woman getting drunk at home alone defied standards of proper behavior.


Private Collection [sold, Auktion 34, Munzen und Medaillen, A.G., Basel, May 6, 1967, lot 169, to Walter and Molly Bareiss.]

1967 - 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
Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past (August 23, 2003 to December 5, 2004)
  • Hood Museum of Art (Hanover), August 23 to December 14, 2003
  • Onassis Cultural Center (New York), January 20 to April 15, 2004
  • Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati), May 21 to August 1, 2004
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 14 to December 5, 2004

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