Attic Black-Figure Kylix

Object Details

Title:

Attic Black-Figure Kylix

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to an artist close to the Theseus Painter (Greek (Attic), active about 510 - about 490 B.C.)

Culture:

Greek (Attic)

Place(s):

Athens, Greece (Place created)

Date:

about 525 - 500 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta

Dimensions:

8.5 x 26.7 cm (3 3/8 x 10 1/2 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

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Use a tail-cut from a female tuna. . . . Slice it and bake it to a turn, adding a little salt and oil. Eat the slices hot, dipping them in piquant sauce. It is good also if you eat it plain . . . But if you serve it sprinkled with vinegar it is perfection.

This was the culinary advice of Archestratus of Gela, a gourmet who lived in one of the Greek colonies in Sicily around the mid-300s B.C. Given Greece's extensive coastline, fish were important in the Greek diet, but depictions of fishing and the sale of fish are rare in Greek art.

This Athenian black-figure kylix or cup depicts a fish market. On one side of the cup, a fishmonger prepares a tuna for sale. He is about to carve up the fish on the chopping block, but steaks already cut from another fish lay on the table behind him and a fish head rests at his feet. On the other side, another man carries a tuna. Large fish like tuna were hard to catch and therefore expensive. Perhaps an image such as this one was intended to display the wealth of the cup's owner and to emphasize the delicacies served in his home.

Provenance
- 1989

Acanthus Gallery (New York, New York), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1989.

1989 - 1996

Barbara Fleischman

and Lawrence Fleischman, American, 1925 - 1997 (New York, New York), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996.

Exhibitions
A Passion for Antiquities: Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman (October 13, 1994 to April 23, 1995) (38)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 13, 1994 to January 15, 1995
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art, (Cleveland), February 14 to April 23, 1995
Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life (February 8 to November 30, 2014) (59)
  • Joslyn Art Museum, (Omaha), February 8 to May 11, 2014
  • Tampa Museum of Art, (Tampa), June 14 to November 30, 2014
  • Hood Museum of Art, (Hanover), January 17 to March 15, 2015
Bibliography

True, Marion, and Kenneth Hamma, eds. A Passion For Antiquities. Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Malibu: 1994. pp. 92-94, cat. no. 38.

"Museum Acquisitions Between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1998." The Report of the J. Paul Getty Trust, 1997-1998. p. 68.

Gebauer, J. Pompe und Thysia: Attische Tieropferdarstellungen auf schwarz- und rotfigurigen Vasen. Münster: 2002. cat. no. Zv 32; p. 322; fig. 193 [listed as Fleischman coll., NY]

Borgers, Olaf. The Theseus Painter: Style, Shapes and Iconography. Vol. 16, (Amsterdam : Allard Pierson Series, 2004).

Curtis, Robert I, and Seth D. Pevnick. Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult and Daily Life. Tampa Museum of Art. London: Giles, 2014. p. 145, cat. 59