Siana Cup ; Attributed to the Griffin-Bird Painter; ca. 550-540 BC; 40.57

Name/Title

Siana Cup

About 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.

Maker

Attributed to the Griffin-Bird Painter

Maker Role

Artist

Date Made

ca. 550-540 BC

Period

Archaic

Place Made

Greece; Rhodes

Place Notes

The cup takes its name from it's production centre; Siana in Rhodes.

Medium and Materials

Ceramic; Pottery

Style and Iconography

Attic

Style and Iconography

Black-figure

Style and Iconography

East Greek

Measurements

Height 120mm; Diameter 220mm

Collection

The James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Credit Line

Donated by Marion K. Steven, 1957

Object Type

Drinking Vessels

Object number

40.57

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