Greek, made in Ionia (Turkey)
Attributed to an Ionian Little Master
Black-Figure Cup (Kylix) with Revelers (Komasts)
ca. 550–530 BCE
Terracotta, added color, incising
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.3 cm) x W. 6 7/8 in. (17.3 cm)


Ionian Cup

This black-figure kylix, or drinking cup, features a pair of drunken revelers, known as komasts, on the interior. The figures engage in an animated dance, and the man on the left holds a drinking horn in his left hand, which has since worn away.  As is standard with black-figure pottery, the linear detail was conveyed with fine lines incised into the clay. The color of the garments and revelers’ faces was achieved by the addition of a red slip layer upon the black slip. 

This cup was made in Ionia, a region on the west coast of modern Turkey that was home to many Greek city-states. Ionian artists developed their own types and decorative styles, but this cup attests to dialogue between different regions. The kylix shape and the komast subject matter were developed in Attica and closely emulated by this Ionian artist; the komast scene, however, was transferred to the interior of the cup following Ionian preference, and a distinctive Ionian pattern was painted around the interior rim of the cup.

Location: 2nd floor, gallery

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"Ionian Cup" (83.39). Bloomington: Indiana University Art Museum, 2014.