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Image of Attic Black-Figure Eye Cup 1182



Unknown Artist


Attic Black-Figure Eye Cup

Creation Date

ca. 530 BC-520 BC


6th century BC


4 7/16 in. x 10 3/4 in. (11.2 cm x 27.31 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

Europe, Caere, Etruria (Cerveteri, Italy)

Medium and Support


Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Esq., Honorary Degree, 1926


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With its painted eyes, handles looking like ears, and a base recalling a mouth, this cup would have resembled a mask when tipped while drinking. Masks, grapes, and the consumption of wine were closely associated with the god Dionysos, and the eyes are assumed to have served an apotropaic, or evil-averting, function protecting the drinker from any danger while intoxicated.

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