Drinking cup (kylix)

Greek
Late Archaic Period
about 500 B.C.
Wider circle of the Nikosthenes Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 11.1 x 32.6 cm (4 3/8 x 12 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.08.30a

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Interior: Hetaira and Satyr.

Exterior Side A: Rape of Cassandra by Ajax may be interpreted as a comic scene. A calm Cassandra hides behind an altar from Ajax’s attack. Athena rushes to her aid from the right, bearing a shield while an old woman (Hecabe?) pulls at Ajax’s bottom from the left. Other figures involved in the rape frame this central scene

Exterior Side B: Iris attacked by satyrs while stealing a meat offering from an altar. She faces on stayr while defending herself from another by hitting him with the meat. The combination of the irreverent actions in a sacred space and the humorous qualities of the scene creates a burlesque atmosphere which marks the image as different from more traditional subject matters. Several fragments are missing.

Provenance

1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Italy, 1898); 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren