DescriptionThe bold circular pattern on the Museum's Greek Kyathos Watch is based on a painted eye design from a sixth-century Greek terracotta kyathos, or cup- shaped ladle, made for dipping wine out of kraters and other large vessels. The painted eyes, a major iconographical innovation in Attic vase-painting introduced about 540 B.C., were meant to ward off evil as well as stave off hangovers. The dial of our watch adapts this unique design of the original kyathos.
Quartz movement. Alloy and stainless steel case with painted dial. Black plastic band. Case: 1 3/4''L x 1 1/2''W. Band: adjusts from 6 1/8'' to 7 3/4''L.
- Alloy and stainless steel case
- Painted dial
- Black plastic band
- Band: 6 1/8'' to 7 3/4''L adjustableCase: 1 3/4''L x 1 1/2''W
- Water resistant case
Art HistoryPainted terracotta vases provide one of the fullest sources of information about Athens in the sixth century B.C., telling us about Greek daily life, athletics, mythology, warfare, and religion. The black-figure technique, which was invented in Corinth and perfected in Attica, renders the figure in black glaze against the orange hues of the natural, unglazed clay. Details are incised or highlighted in white or red. Distinguished by their abundant figural decoration and pattern work, these painted black-figure containers were made to fulfill a practical purpose in their owners’ lives, whether to hold water, oil, and other goods or for use in ceremonies and religious rites. In the Museum’s New Greek and Roman Galleries is a black- figure painted kyathos, or cup-shaped ladle, made for dipping wine out of kraters and other large vessels. It may have been used at a symposium, or drinking party. The painted decoration includes a pair of eyes. Between the eyes is a painted image of a woman playing a double flute, while at the handles are two doves. She could possibly be a follower of Dionysos, the god of wine, or simply a musical entertainer, an appropriate image for festive revelry at a symposium.