• latw-103-5
    Attic black-figure komast cup. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-103-10
    Attic black-figure komast cup. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-103-20
    Attic black-figure komast cup. Underside (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-103-30
    Attic black-figure komast cup. Interior (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-103-40
    Attic Black-Figure komast cup (drawing). (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Attic black-figure komast cup

Date
Ca. mid-sixth century BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 7086
Inventory No.
7086
Sardis CATNUM
P84.056
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Komast Cup
Pottery Ware
Attic Black Figure
Site
Sardis
Sector
MMS
Trench
MMS-I 84.1
Locus
MMS-I 84.1 Locus 34
Description
Attic black-figure komast cup. Flaring conical foot, without solid clay. Fully rounded body. Inset lip, two horizontal handles. Net pattern on exterior of lip. Double palmettes with tendrils beneath handles. Sides A and B: almost identical komast scenes. At right, a clothed komast with red tunic, reaching for the lower body of a naked komast at left. Almost complete, mended from 54 fragments. Attributed to the Vienna Komast Painter (cf. Brijder 2000, #K98, 82-84, pl. 6d). Height 0.071-0.074 m, diameter of rim 0.142-0.145 m. (Diameter in Ramage 1986 given incorrectly as 0.215 m.)
Comments
From a Lydian house (Area 1, with Nos. 16, 62, 64, 65, 66, 68, 72, 73, 75, 81, 87, 88, 96, 97, 100, 102, 103, 137, 138), together with another Attic black-figure cup, No. 102. See comment on No. 102. This is among the later examples of the Attic komast cup. For the iconography of komasts in Greek art, see, most recently, articles in Csapo and Miller 2007, and Smith 2000; compare the unusual dancing komast on the roughly contemporary architectural terracotta, No. 59.
Discussed
Greenewalt, “Lydian Pottery”; Cahill, “City of Sardis”; Cahill, “Persian Sack”
Bibliography
Ramage 1986; Greenewalt et al. 1988: 28, n. 17, fig. 13; Schaeffer et al. 1997, Att. 46; Cahill and Kroll 2005, 599, no. 1, fig. 13a.
Author
NDC