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  • "Bilingual" Kylix

    Technique:
    on the outside - red-figure painting; inside - black-figure painting
    Dimensions:
    height: 33,2 cm; diameter: 40,8 cm

"Bilingual" Kylix

Created: Attica. Circa 525 BC

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Epiktetos was an outstanding master of the strict red-figure style and he painted mainly cups and plates. This kylix - a cup with two handles for drinking wine - is one of his earliest works, made when he was in the workshop of Hischylos. In the ceramic production of 6th-century BC Greece there was often a division of labour, as we learn from inscriptions on objects: inside this kylix it says "Hischylos made", and on the outside "Epiktetos painted". The painting employs a mixed technique: on the bottom of the cup, set against the colour of the fired clay, is a running youth in black lacquer. Epiktetos used the new red-figure technique to decorate the outer walls of the kylix: here the background is covered with black lacquer, and the image is reserved, i.e. it is formed by the natural colour of the clay. Between palmettes and stylized eyes (protective images to warn off evil) are the figures of a mule and its driver, a middle-aged man with a staff in his hand. His naked, stocky figure with its large belly is shown in conventional turn, with head and legs in profile, eye and shoulders en face. Thanks to this, the image seems to be flattened across the surface. The movement of the figures is somewhat wooden and the main merit of Epiktetos's work is in his love of beautiful line. It has been said of him that although one might draw differently, one could never draw better.

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"Bilingual" Kylix

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Technique:

on the outside - red-figure painting; inside - black-figure painting

Dimensions:

height: 33,2 cm; diameter: 40,8 cm

Inventory Number:

ГР-7029

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