Drinking cup (kylix)

Greek
Late Archaic Period
about 510–500 B.C.
the Ambrosios Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Height: 11.2 cm (4 7/16 in.); diameter: 27.7 cm (10 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.8024

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Cup Interior tondo composition: A small nude boy is fishing as he crouches on a rocky ledge. He holds a woven bag in his left hand, and has a fish on the line. There is also a trap, shown under water, probably for the octopus hiding behind the rock. Above are the Greek letters: “P” “A” “S”.
Exterior: Both sides show drunken satyrs cavorting. On one side, the satyr on the left holds aloft an amphora, while the one on the right balances a high-handled cup (kantharos) on his phallus. Above is the Greek inscription KR[A]TES ELE[–]O, which may refer to the action of one of the satyrs, who is named Krates. On the other side two satyrs dance. The one on the right holds a drinking horn (rhyton). Above is an inscription which appears to say: E[-]KEA[-]SE, too fragmentary to decipher.

Inscription

Interior: letters Π, Α, S.
A: ΚΡΑΤΕSΕLΕΟ
B: ΕΑΚΕΑSΕ

Provenance

By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon Collection; by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought privately from the collection of Alfred Bourguignon.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund