Stemless red-figure kylix depicting an Amazonomachy
Culture: Possibly by Aristophanes, Greek, Attic
Period: 4th century B.C.
Dimensions: H: 6.6 cm (2.6 in) - D: 17.5 cm (6.9 in)
The Gilbert collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts, acquired in Geneva, 3 July 1997.
This beautifully crafted and extraordinarily preserved kylix, a wine drinking cup, is possibly one of just three additional works by the Greek vase painter Aristophanes.
The use of the red-figure technique exquisitely illustrates an impassioned fight scene between hoplites, or Greek soldiers, in motifs that figure around the entire perimeter of the mouth and interior of the cup. Only the handles and decorative palmette elements are left bare. The well-known scene is an Amazonomachy:
Greek warriors fighting savages or locked in combat with a mortally wounded Amazon feature prominently on the exterior of the bowl, while in the tondo, the theme returns with an Amazon on horseback, who threatens his spear at a Greek hoplite sporting a pilos. The hoplite is undoubtedly in a very bad position, with one knee on the ground.
From Myth to Life: Images of Women from the Classical World, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, 12 March – 10 October 2004, p. 62-64, no. 21 (cover piece);
GLUEK, G., From Myth to Life: Images of Woman from the Classical World, The New York Times, August 20, 2004, p. B28.;
The Gilbert Collection: by Phoenix Ancient Art, New York, 2019, no. 88
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, 12 March – 10 October 2004;
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 12 February – 31 July, 2005;
Tampa Museum of Art, Florida, 18 September – 3 December 2005;
La Biennale, Grand Palais, Paris, 11-17 September 2019;
PAD London, Berkeley Square, London, 30 September 6 – October 2019;
Salon Art + Design, park Avenue Armory, New York, 14 – 18 November 2019