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Attic Red-Figure Cup Type C

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Attic Red-Figure Cup Type C


Attributed to the Ambrosios Painter (Greek (Attic), active 510 - 500 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place Created)


about 510 B.C.



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6.5 × 25.1 × 18.9 cm (2 9/16 × 9 7/8 × 7 7/16 in.)

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Object Description

On the inside of this drinking cup, a nude young athlete pours oil from an aryballos into his left hand. Behind him is a discus hanging from a sling and two javelins. His features are drawn simply, with short lines representing curls hanging from his head and slight curves and lines defining his muscles. Although his body is in profile, his right eye seems to look at the drinker head-on.

Without the benefit of soap, athletes in ancient times rubbed scented oil on their bodies after competition. Then they scraped off the oil, sweat, and dirt with the edge of a bronze blade called a strigil. This vigorous scraping was followed by a steam or sponge bath. Gymnasiums had special rooms for pre- and post-competition oiling, along with bathing facilities.

by 1963

Private Collection (Morley) (New York)

by 1971 - 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.

Athletes in Antiquity: Works from the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (February 1 to April 15, 2002)
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City), February 1 to April 15, 2002
Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past (August 23, 2003 to December 5, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 14 to December 5, 2004

Beazley, J. D. Paralipomena. Additions to Attic Black-figure Vase-painters and to Attic Red-figure Vase-painters. 2nd ed. Oxford: 1971, p. 338, no. 33 bis.

True, Marion, and Jiri Frel. Greek Vases: Molly and Walter Bareiss Collection (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983), p. 42, no. 28, fig. 28; p. 80, no. 165.

Immerwahr, Henry. "An Inscribed Cup by the Ambrosias Painter," Antike Kunst 27 (1984), p. 13, n. 22.

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

Beazley Addenda: Additional References to ABV, ARV2, and Paralipomena. 2nd ed. Compiled by T. Carpenter with T. Mannack and M. Mendonca. Oxford: 1989, p. 184.

Moore, Mary B. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. The J. Paul Getty Museum 8 (USA 33). (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1998), pp. 62-63, no. 89; fig. 28; pl. 456.

Schreiber, Toby. Athenian Vase Construction: A Potter's Analysis (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999), pl. XII.

Grossman, Janet Burnett. Athletes in Antiquity: Works from the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, exh. cat. (Salt Lake City, UT: Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 2002), p. 20, no. 14.

Miller, Stephen G. Ancient Greek Athletics (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004), p. 14, fig. 12 (detail).

Spivey, Nigel and Squire, Michael. Panorama of the Classical World (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2004), p. 30, fig. 39.

Lynch, Kathleen M. The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House Near the Athenian Agora. Hesperia Suppl. 46 (Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2011), p. 231 (cited with loan number, S.82.AE.19).