London, South Kensington
29 April 2010
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE EYE CUP
ATTRIBUTED TO THE NIKOSTHENIC WORKSHOP, CIRCA 550-500 B.C.
Side A: chariot scene with charioteer and warrior wearing high crested helmet and carrying shield, the scene flanked by two large eyes, vine tendrils with grape bunches in the field
Side B: chariot scene with young charioteer, flanking eyes, similar grape vines in the field
Ivy band groundline below the scenes, black glazed handles, lower body and foot, reserved stem with red painted torus moulding around base, details in added red and white
11 in. (28 cm.) wide excl. handles
Japanese private collection, acquired in the 1990s.
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