Drinking cup (kylix)

Greek
Archaic Period
545–540 B.C.
Painter the BMN (British Museum Nikosthenes) Painter, Potter Nikosthenes


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 089.

Dimensions

Height: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.); diameter: 21.8 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

60.640a-b

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Identical Greek inscriptions in the handle zone on each side: “Nikosthenes made [it]” (NIKOSTHENES EPOIESEN).
Tondo bordered by tongue pattern between concentric black circles, the tongues, alternately red and black. Dismounting hoplite carrying two spears, wearing helmet with bull’s horns and ears in white. Behind him, youth on horseback, both to left. One of the earliest vases signed by Nikosthenes.
b. ancient lead handle.

 Lip-cup

Inscription

On the handle zone on each side: ΝΙΚΟSΘΕΝΕSΕΠΟΙΕSΕΝ

Provenance

Said to be from Vulci; by date unknown: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen auction 11, January 23-24, 1953, lot 321); Dr. Herbert A. Cahn Collection; May 11, 1960: gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn