Drinking cup (kylix) depicting a boxer

Greek
Late Archaic Period
about 500 B.C.
Onesimos


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 075.

Dimensions

Height: 8.8 cm (3 7/16 in.) Diameter: 23 cm (9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.8021

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Interior: Athlete (nude youth) binding his hands for boxing. A pick on the ground behind him, a pair of jumping weights (halteres) hang in the field to his left. In field inscribed: “Athenodotos is handsome”(on interior) (“ATHENODOTOS KALOS”), “Handsome”(twice on interior) (“KALOS”)

Exterior side A: Four warriors, nude except for their armor, do battle. In the center one comes from the left and spears his opponent in the genitals. While he bleeds, he ineffectually tries to draw his sword. In field, “The boy is handsome” (KALOS HO PAIS)

Exterior side B: Two warriors fight over another soldier who is dying from a fatal side wound.

Condition: Faces of exterior figures restored.

Inscription

Inscribed: "Athenodotos is handsome"(on interior) ("ATHENODOTOS KALOS"), "Handsome"(twice on interior) ("KALOS"), "The boy is handsome"(on exterior) (KALOS HO PAIS")

Provenance

By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon Collection; by 1901: purchased by Edward Perry Warren from Alfred Bourguignon (according to Warren's records: Bourguignon label [on the vase]: Orvieto); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund