Drinking cup (kylix)

Greek
Classical Period
about 420–410 B.C.
Painter Aristophanes, Potter Erginos


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 171.

Dimensions

Height: 13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.); diameter 34.8 cm (13 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.344

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Interior: The abduction of Deianara from her husband Heracles by the centaur Nessos. Inscribed names accompany the figures (see inscription module). In the exergue, the signatures of the potter ‘Erginos made it’ (EPGINOS) and painter ‘Aristopanes painted it’ (ARISTOPH[AN]ES) appear in BG.

Exterior: Battle of Centaurs and Lapiths Figures. Inscribed names accompany the figures (see inscription module).

[Label text]:
On the interior of this kylix is a scene from the life of Herakles, the great Greek hero. Herakles’ wife, Deianeira, is being abducted by the centaur Nessos. To save his wife from being carried away, Herakles felled Nessos with a poison arrow. On the exterior of the cup is a popular fifth-century scene showing the battle between the Centaurs and the Lapith family. This vase was signed by both the potter and the painter.

Inscription

Interior:
Tondo- ΗΡΑΚΛΕΣ, ΝΕΣΣΟΣ, ΔΕΙΑΝΕΙΡΑ
Exergue of the tondo-
ΕΡΛΙΝΟΣ : ΕΠΟ[ΙΕ]SΕΝ
ΑΡ[Ι]ΣΤΟΦΑ[ΝΕ]Σ: ΕΛΡΑΦΕ

Exterior Side A:
middle group - ΠΕΡΙΘΟΣ, ΥΨΙΠVΛΟΣ
Right hand group - ΘΗΣΕVΣ, ΝVΚ[Τ]ΕVΣ
Left hand group - ΣΚΙΡΤΟΣ, ΑΙΟΛΟΣ

Exterior Side B:
middle group - ΑΝΤΙΒΑΤΕΣ, ΕVΡVΠVΛΟΣ
Left hand group - ΕΛΡΕΤΟΣ ΑΣΜΕΤΟΣ
Right hand group - ΜΑΙΝΕVΕΣ, ΑΝΤΙΘΗ[ΟΣ]

Signed

Erginos made it Aristophanes drew it

ΕΡΛΙΝΟΣ : ΕΠΟ[ΙΕ]SΕΝ

ΑΡ[Ι]ΣΤΟΦΑ[ΝΕ]Σ: ΕΛΡΑΦΕ

Provenance

1878: first published by G. Körte in AZ, p. 114; according to L. D. Caskey and J. D. Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, III, nos. 171 and 172 [00.344 and 00.345] were from the collection of Count Bruschi at Tarquinia; by 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: It is said these two vases [00.344 and 00.345] were found in one tomb); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, February 1900

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund