Attic Red-Figure Cup

Object Details


Attic Red-Figure Cup


Attributed to Briseis Painter (Greek (Attic), active 510 - 470 B.C.)
and signed by Brygos (Greek (Attic), active about 490 - 470 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place created)


about 480 B.C.



Object Number:



11.2 × 38.9 × 30.7 cm (4 7/16 × 15 5/16 × 12 1/16 in.)

See more

See less

Komasts or revelers frolic around the exterior of this Athenian red-figure cup. The men dance and hold drinking cups, while female attendants provide the music. The unusual feature of this vase is the odd way the men are dressed. They wear long chitons and turban-like headdresses, and attendants shelter them with parasols. Several dozen vases with similarly dressed revelers survive. Specialists call these scenes of men in fancy dress Anakreontic, after the poet Anakreon, who came to Athens from East Greece in the late 500s B.C. Such clothing was worn in the Greek colonies on the coast of Turkey and in the neighboring kingdom of Lydia. Scholars argue that the adoption of such dress for symposia, or drinking parties, was part of a larger infiltration of East Greek art and ideas into Athenian culture beginning in the 520s B.C. Others have interpreted these men  in feminine attire in the context of rituals for Dionysos, the wine-god associated with the blurring of conventions.

A quieter scene decorates the interior of the cup, with a young man offering a flower to a standing woman holding a mirror.

by 1968 - about 1983

Walter Bareiss, American, born Germany, 1919 - 2007


and Molly Bareiss, American, 1920 - 2006, distributed to the Walter Bareiss Children Usufruct, around 1983.

about 1983 - 1986

Walter Bareiss Children Usufruct, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Weltkunst aus Privatbesitz (May 18 to August 4, 1968)
  • Kunsthalle Köln (Cologne), May 18 to August 4, 1968
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
The Art of Love: Love's Lust and Sorrow in World Art (December 1, 2002 to April 27, 2003)
  • Museum Rietberg Zürich (Zurich), December 1, 2002 to April 27, 2003

Bolmarcich, S. and Muskett, G. "Artists' Signatures on Archaic Greek Vases from Athens." In Artists and Artistic Production in Ancient Greece, edited by K. Seaman and P. Schultz. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017, 163-164, fig. 10.5.

May, Helmut, ed. Weltkunst aus Privatbesitz, exh. cat. (Cologne: Druckerei J. P. Bachem, 1968), cat. no. A 33; figs. 14-15.

Bothmer, Dietrich von. "Aspects of a Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27 (June 1969). pp. 424-436, p. 427; fig. 13.

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. 7, no. 90.

Beazley, J. D. Paralipomena. Additions to Attic Black-figure Vase-painters and to Attic Red-figure Vase-painters. 2nd ed. Oxford: 1971, pp. 369 and 372, no. 8 bis.

Wegner, M. Der Brygmosmaler. Berlin: 1973, pl. 26 d.

True, Marion, and Jiri Frel. Greek Vases: Molly and Walter Bareiss Collection (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983), pp. 46-47, no. 32, fig. 32; p. 80, no. 159.

Kurtz, Donna Carol, and John Boardman. "Booners," Greek Vases in the J. Paul Getty Museum, 3. Occasional Papers on Antiquities, 2 (1986), pp. 35-70, p. 49, no. 20; pp. 59 and 64; ill. on cover; figs. 22a-b.

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

Dierichs, Angelika. Erotik in der Kunst Griechenlands. Antike Welt, Supplement, 1988, p. 50; fig. 76.

Beazley Addenda: Additional References to ABV, ARV2, and Paralipomena. 2nd ed. Compiled by T. Carpenter with T. Mannack and M. Mendonca. Oxford: 1989.

Frontisi-Ducroux, F., and F. Lissarrague. "From Ambiguity to Ambivalence," in: Halperin, D. M. et al. (eds.). Before Sexuality: The Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World. Princeton 1990, pp. 226-7, fig. 7.32, 7.33.

Kurke, Leslie. "The Politics of Avrosyne in Archaic Greece," Classical Antiquity 11, 1 (1992), pp. 91-120, p. 97; figs. 1-2 (wrongly cited as

Miller, M.C. "The Parasol: an Oriental Status-Symbol in Late Archaic and Classical Athens." Journal of Hellenic Studies 112 (1992), pp. 91-105, p. 100; pl. II.d-e.

Dierichs, Angelika. Erotik in der Kunst Griechenlands. Zaberns Bildbaende zur Archaeologie, vol. 9. (Mainz: von Zabern, 1993, p. 66; fig. 114.

Kilmer, Martin F. Greek Erotica on Red-figure Vases. (London: Duckworth & Co. Ltd., 1993), p. 253, no. R 538.

Ridgway, Brunilde Sismondo. "An Issue of Methodology: Anakreon, Perikles, Xanthippos." American Journal of Archaeology 102, 4 (October 1998), pp. 717-738, pp. 721-22; figs. 2-4.

Moore, Mary B. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. The J. Paul Getty Museum 8 (USA 33). Malibu: 1998, pp. 38-40, no. 55; fig. 17; pls. 425-426.

Miller, Margaret C. "Reexamining Transvestism in Archaic and Classical Athens: The Zewadski Stamnos." American Journal of Archaeology 103, 2 (April 1999), pp. 223-253, pp. 233, n. 31, and 236, n. 40.

Kurke, Leslie. "The Strangeness of 'Song Culture': Archaic Greek Poetry," Literature in the Greek and Roman Worlds. O. Taplin, ed. Oxford: 2000. pp. 58-87, p. 65.

Rickenbach, Judith, ed. Liebeskunst: Liebeslust und Liebesleid in der Weltkunst. Exh. Cat. Zurich: 2003, p. 38, no. 17.

Spivey, Nigel and Squire, Michael. Panorama of the Classical World (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2004), p. 50, fig. 72.

Parker, Robert. Polytheism and Saociety at Athens (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), p. 322, fig. 23.

Yatromanolakis, Dimitrios. Sappho in the Making: The Early Reception (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007), pp. 119-20, figs. 13a and b.

Dierichs, Angelika. Erotik in der Kunst Griechenlands (Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern, 2008), p. 68, fig. 50.

Oakley, John H. The Greek Vase: Art of the Storyteller (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), p. 151, fig. 18.

Osborne, R., The Transformation of Athens. Painted Pottery and the Creation of Classical Greece Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018, p. 177, figs.7.11-12.