Original black-figure drinking cups like this date to the 6th century BC and would have been used at symposia. As the wine was consumed, the image painted on the interior of the cup would reveal itself to the imbiber as he became more and more inebriated! Here, we can see a satyr and a maenad, both followers of the god of revelry Dionysos, engaging with each other. The maenad offers a bowl with her hand outstretched, while the satyr appears to be following her eagerly. The hair and clothing of the figures has been picked out in added red paint; the interior rim, exterior, and foot have been covered in black glaze. The iconography reflects the vessel's use at what were often excessive and raucous drinking parties.
black-figure kylix: satyr and maenad
They are all made in Greece in the workshop of the Lioulias family, with whom It's All Greek is proud to have been working since 2004.
The vases themselves are manufactured in Greece, the images are then applied by transfer, before being painted by hand.