Boar’s-head drinking cup, Greece

Boar’s-head drinking cup, Greece

Boar's-head drinking cup
Greece, Athens
about 460 BC
Unglazed earthenware, painted in slip
Museum no. 669-1864

Moulded from earthenware, the cup was painted with black slip apart from the silhouettes of the figures, which were left unpainted. This 'red figure' technique allowed the fired clay to show through. Skilful manipulation of kiln conditions was needed to achieve the bright red and glossy black.

The maker was probably the famous potter Sotades, who specialised in vessels with unusual shapes.