Drinking cup (kylix) depicting a man holding a basket, a pot and a staff

Greek
Late Archaic Period
about 485–480 B.C.
Onesimos


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 081.

Dimensions

Height: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.); diameter: 22.2 cm (8 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

95.29

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Interior: A bearded, wreathed man with short, curly hair and a receding forehead and a snub nose, leans over with left knee bent, and carries in his right hand a large cauldron inscribed in Greek “the boy” (HO PAIS) and in his right hand he holds a basket and staff. In field inscribed “the boy is handsome” (HOPAIS KALOS).

Exterior side A: Horse standing beside a tree, a hat of skin hangs on a branch. On either side of the horse ia a youth, one nude, the other wrapped in a himation. The nude boy is holding the horse’s reigns.

Exterior side B: Two horses face to face. A youth between them.

Condition: Side B is much damaged. Considerably restored.

Inscription

Inscribed: "The boy is handsome" (HO PAIS KALOS); On bucket: "The boy" (HO PAIS)

On the pot in the right hand of the man:
ΗΟΠΑΙS

Interior:
ΗΟΠΑΙS ΚΑLΟΣ

Provenance

By 1894: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought at Chiusi); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for
$ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund