Little Masters (Greek vase painting)

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A little master cup

The Little masters were a group of potters and vase painters who produced vases of the Attic black-figure style featuring well-done figures in miniature. They were active in Athens approximately 560 — 530 BC.[1] They mainly produced Little-master cups: lip cups, band cups and droop cups, but were not entirely limited to such shapes. The group includes:


Vase painters[edit]



  1. ^ Andrew J Clark; Maya Elston; Mary Louise Hart; J. Paul Getty Museum (2001). "Little Masters". Understanding Greek vases: a guide to terms, styles, and techniques. Los Angeles. p. 46. 

Additional reading[edit]

  • John Beazley: Little-master Cups, in: Journal of Hellenic Studies 52 (1932) pp. 167–204.
  • John Beazley: Attic Black-figure Vase-Painting, Oxford 1956, pp. 159–197.
  • Dieter Metzler: Eine attische Kleinmeisterschale mit Töpferszenen in Karlsruhe, in: Archäologischer Anzeiger (1969) pp. 138–152.
  • John D. Beazley: Paralipomena. Additions to Attic black-figure vase-painters and to Attic red-figure vase-painters, Oxford 1971, pp. 67–80.
  • Joan Tarlow Haldenstein: Little master cups. Studies in 6th century Attic black-figure vase painting, Dissertation University of Cincinnati 1975.
  • Rudolf Wachter: Drinking inscriptions on Attic little-master cups. A catalogue (AVI 3), in: Kadmos 42 (2003) pp. 141–189.
  • Peter Heesen: Drinking inscriptions on Attic little-master cups. Does size matter? A contribution to the AVI Project, in: Museum Helveticum 63 (2006) pp. 44–62.