Black-figure lip-cup (Primary Title)

attributed to, Elbows Out Painter (Artist)

ca. 540 BC
Greek (Attic)
Overall (at handles): 6 7/8 × 13 × 9 3/8 in. (17.46 × 33.02 × 23.81 cm)

The lip-cup, like the band-cup, was an invention of Athenian potters in the mid-6th century. This example also has a nonsense inscription of letters and abstract marks that do not spell words.


Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
Heesen, Pieter. “Meaningless, But Not Useless! Nonsense Inscriptions on Athenian Little-Master Cups,” in Epigraphy of Art: Ancient Greek Vase-Inscriptions and Vase-Paintings, edited by Yatromanolakis, Dimitrios, 91-118. Oxford, England: Archaeopress Publishing LTD, 2016. Detail, color illus. cat. no. 21, p. 116.
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