The J. Paul Getty Museum

Cup

Object Details

Title:

Cup

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Cycladic

Place:

Cyclades, Greece (Place Created)

Date:

2700–2200 B.C.

Medium:

Marble

Object Number:

90.AA.12

Dimensions:

6.5 × 10.8 cm (2 9/16 × 4 1/4 in.)

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Object Description

Cycladic stone or terracotta cups were made in two basic shapes: those with high pedestal feet, and those with flat bottoms. To judge from the surviving examples, the footed form was more popular than the flat one. This cup has a shallow bowl, convex sides, and is mounted on a narrow, flared foot. Marble vases such as this one were laboriously carved with blades of obsidian, a volcanic glass, and abrasives such as sand, emery, and pumice. The pedestal foot on cups was frequently left solid, requiring less labor than the earlier practice of hollowing it out. Serving a variety of practical daily functions, many of these vases also accompanied the deceased in graves.

The production of stone vases was an important and characteristic industry of the Cyclades, and it was only on those islands that white marble was used as a primary material for such vessels. Marble vases like this one were laboriously carved with blades of obsidian, a volcanic glass, and abrasives such as sand, emery, and pumice. The sculptors who carved the Cycladic marble figures—perhaps the most distinctive product of the Cycladic culture—probably also made the stone vases.

Provenance
Provenance
about 1959

J. J. Klejman, Polish, 1906 - 1995 (New York, New York)

-

H. Walter Blumenthal, American, 1895 - 1969 and Maude Blumenthal, American, 1902 - 1981 (New York, New York)

-1988

Private Collection [sold, Antiquities, Sotheby's, New York, December 2, 1988, lot 83A, to the Safani Gallery.]

1988 - 1990

Safani Gallery (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1990.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
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
Silent Witnesses: Early Cycladic Art of the Third Millennium B.C. (April 4 to June 30, 2002)
  • Onassis Cultural Center (New York), April 4 to June 30, 2002
Prehistoric Arts of the Eastern Mediterranean (February 11 to May 4, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 11 to May 4, 2003
Bibliography
Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York. Sale cat., Antiquities, December 2, 1988, lot 83A.

"Acquisitions/1990." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 19 (1991), p. 135, no. 4.

Getz-Gentle, Pat. Stone Vessels of the Cyclades in the Early Bronze Age (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996), p. 293, no. [L 22]; pl. 101.

Doumas, Christos G. Silent Witnesses: Early Cycladic Art of the Third Millennium B.C., exh. cat. Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), April 9-June 15, 2002 (New York: Onassis Foundation, 2002), p. 62, no. 14.