Drinking cup (kylix) depicting an athlete with discus

Greek
Late Archaic Period
about 500 B.C.
Painter Douris, Potter Python


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 125.

Dimensions

Overall: 9.5 x 35 cm (3 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.) Diameter of vessel: 24 cm (9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.338

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Interior: Youth about to throw diskos. Jumping weights (halteres) hang in the field and a large pickax balances within the tondo behind the athlete. At left is a Greek inscription, “Douris painted it” (DORIS EGRAPHSEN).

Exterior side A: Three warriors fighting: middle one wears a sun-hat (petasos).
Inscribed in Greek: “Chairestratos is pretty” ([XAI]REST[RA]TOS KALOS).

Exterior side B: Three warriors fighting: middle one wears a helmet.
Inscribed in Greek: “Chairestratos is pretty” (X[AI]RESTRATO[S] KALOS).

Under side of foot has graffiti: letters alpha and upsilon.

Condition: Repaired with slight restorations.

Inscription

"Douris painted it" (on interior) (DORIS EGRAPHSEN); "Chairestratos is pretty" (twice, on exterior) (XAIRESTRATOS KALOS)
Interior: ΔΟRΙΣΕΓRΑΦΣΕΝ

Exterior Side A: [ΧΑΙ]RΕΣΤRΑΤΟΣΚΑLΟΣ

Exterior Side B: Χ[ΑΙR]ΕΣΤRΑΤΟ[Σ]ΚΑLΟΣ

Under Foot: A... Y

Signed

Douris drew it (DORIS EGRAPHSEN)

Provenance

By 1878: Count Bruschi Collection, Tarquinia; by 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bruschi Collection); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, February 1900

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund