Siana Cup ; Attributed to the Griffin-Bird Painter; ca. 550-540 BC; 40.57
Siana CupAbout this object
This orangey-red terracotta Siana cup, which has a distinctive ridge line around the body, is named after the ancient town of Siana in Rhodes. These vessels would have been used for drinking wine at symposia (drinking parties).
On one side, a graceful swan stands between two horsemen, who are both riding towards it. On the opposite side a swan is accompanied by two winged horses, possibly a reference to the mythical winged horse Pegasus. The cup features a black interior with a painted swan in the centre. Detail has been added in red and white paint.
ca. 550-540 BCPeriod
The cup takes its name from it's production centre; Siana in Rhodes.Medium and Materials
Ceramic; PotteryStyle and Iconography
AtticStyle and Iconography
Black-figureStyle and Iconography
Height 120mm; Diameter 220mmCollection
The James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New ZealandCredit Line
Donated by Marion K. Steven, 1957Object Type
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