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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 103, Athenian Vases
Fragmentary Attic Skyphos in Six's Technique
Athens, Greece (Place Created)
about 510–500 B.C.
15.8 cm (6 1/4 in.)
Gift of Lynda and Max Palevsky
On this preserved section of recomposed fragments of a large drinking cup-or skyphos--a man balances himself on his right foot as he lifts his left leg and drinks from a large white cup. Individual figures in amusing poses were often used to decorate red-figured drinking cups destined for use in the symposion. But rather than leaving the background in red clay according to the red-figure tradition, the red figure on this
This cup offers an example of Six's Technique, named after Dutch scholar Jan Six, who first studied it. It features white, red, and orange designs painted atop of a black-gloss ground, and often includes delicately incised silhouette. The technique was invented around the same time as the
Painting on Vases in Ancient Greece (March 20 to April 22, 1979)
- Laband Gallery, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), March 20 to April 22, 1979
The Colors of Clay: Special Techniques in Athenian Vases (June 8 to September 4, 2006)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), June 8 to September 4, 2006
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Oakley, John H. The Greek Vase: Art of the Storyteller (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), p. 143, fig. 6.
Malagardis, Nassi. Skyphoi Attiques à Figures Noires. Typologie et Recherches-Ateliers et Peintres (Athens: Bibliothèque de la Sociététe Archèologique d'Athènes, 2017), 85.