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    Attic Merrythought Cup No. 104: Battle over fallen warrior (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
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    Attic Merrythought Cup No. 104: Battle over fallen warrior (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
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    Attic black-figure Merrythought cup. Hunt for the Calydonian Boar (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
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    Attic black-figure Merrythought cup. Hunt for the Calydonian Boar (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
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    Attic black-figure Merrythought cup. Interior (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
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    Attic Black-Figure "Merrythought" cup, profile view (drawing). (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
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    Attic Black-Figure "Merrythought" cup, warriors (drawing). (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
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    Attic Black-Figure "Merrythought" cup, hunting scene (drawing). (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
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    Attic Black-Figure "Merrythought" cup, handle (drawing). (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
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    Attic Black-Figure "Merrythought" cup, tondo (drawing). (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Attic black-figure Merrythought cup

Date
Ca. mid-sixth century BC, Lydian
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 2137
Inventory No.
2137
Sardis CATNUM
P60.599
Material
Ceramic
Object Type
Pottery
Pottery Shape
Merrythought Cup
Pottery Ware
Attic Black Figure
Inscription language
Greek
Inscription Text
ΧΑΙΡΕ ΚΑΙ Π[ΙΕ Η]ΥΣ
Inscription Translation
“Drink and be merry”; “Boar”
Inscription Comment
Site
Sardis
Sector
AC
Trench
AcT
Description
Attic black figure cup with deep bowl, high “wishbone” handles. Side A: battle over a fallen warrior, with two nude figures bearing away the corpse; Ramage suggests that the nude figures might represent Sleep and Death, rather than mortal combatants. At the right, a separate battle between two warriors, one of whom wears a horned helmet. Side B: the hunt for the Calydonian boar. Two hunters attack the boar from the left, and three hunters, including a woman (Atalanta, kneeling), attack from the right. A dog savages the boar’s back. Above, painted inscriptions read “Drink, and be merry!” (above the boar, on the left) and “Boar” (on the right). Interior: a running youth or warrior. The inscription surrounding him has been interpreted as a garbled potter’s signature. Mended from fragments; foot missing, restored. Attributed to the Painter of the Sardis Merrythought Cup (Ramage).
Comments
From the Acropolis, AcT trench A. The Merrythought cup, with its high, wishbone-like handles, is a rare shape in Athenian pottery; this is one of the finest examples known.
Discussed
Bibliography
Ramage 1983; Hanfmann and Mierse 1983, fig. 77; Schaeffer et al. 1997, Att. 54; Dedeoğlu 2003, 69, fig.
Author
NDC