Sometimes a message is inscribed on the vase, addressing the user or spectator.

Black-figure cup with inscription

  • Black figure cup
    transcription - chaire su kai piei eu

Very occasionally, the figures themselves speak. Examples include the joy at seeing the first swallow of spring, a kitharode singing an epic poem and an oil merchant's desire to get rich.

Red-figure cup with inscription
  • Red figure cup
    transcription - OUDUNAMOU


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