Painting / -600 to -500
Tumbler. Eight dancing youths. Terracotta black-figure vase. Greek, ca.
Painting, black-figure vase, terracotta
8.5 cm height; 9 cm diameter
Location: U.S.A., New York, Metropolitan Museum, 56.171.37
These youths are descendents of the komasts, the padded dancers that originally entered Athenian iconography from Corinth. We can interpret the figures here as young men in good spirits after a symposium (drinking party). Attic art. Eight dancing youths
Terracotta kylix: Komast cup (drinking cup)
Painting, terracotta black-figure vase
575 B. C. approx.
9.5 cm height; 21 cm diameter
Location: U.S.A., New York, Metropolitan Museum, 22.139.22
The black-figure technique was introduced into Athens from Corinth at the end of the seventh century B.C. During the early sixth century, Attic cup painters favored Corinthian motifs, like these dancing revelers. Indeed, the Komast cup is the earliest canonical type of Attic black-figure kylix.