London, South Kensington
15 May 2002
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE SIANA CUP, ATTRIBUTED TO THE GRIFFIN-BIRD PAINTER
CIRCA 550 B.C.
Both sides with a central griffin-bird with outspread wings and head turned back, flanked by two hens in profile, with black-glazed twin handles, lower body and stemmed foot, the black-glazed interior with reserved tondo decorated with a swan, details incised and in added purple and white
6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) diam.; 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) high
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Cf. J. Boardman, Athenian Black Figure Vases, London, 1993, p. 33, pl. 45.1,2 for a similar cup by the Griffin-bird Painter with a swan tondo.
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