Drinking cup (kylix) depicting an erotic scene of Eros and a youth

Greek
Late Archaic Period
about 490–485 B.C.
Signed by Douris


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 127.

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 8.9 x 21 cm (3 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.) Other (Width with handle): 28 cm (11 in.)

Accession Number

95.31

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Cup interior tondo composition: A winged beardless male, most likely Eros, lifts a youth off the ground in a tight embrace. Most likely intended as a horizontal composition wherein the youth is lifted off the earth, indicated by the floral ornament. One hand grasps the youth’s thigh and the other arm encircles the youth’s shoulder. The scene, an erotic embrace (in Greek, symplegma) of Eros and a handsome youth, belongs to a group referred to as courtship scenes found on late Archaic red figure vases.

Another interpretation of this scene is that of a Hyakinthos, a mortal boy of great beauty, and Zephyros, god of the west wind.

The tondo is encircled by a frieze of palmettes.

Below, and partly surrounding the figures, the Greek inscription: “Douris painted it; Chairestratos is handsome” (DORISEGRAPHSEN:XAIRESTRATOSKALOS)

Exterior is undecorated.

Condition: Restored with some restoration not affecting the figures.

Inscription

"Douris painted it" (DORIS EGRAPHSEN); "Chairestratos is handsome" (XAIRESTRATOS KALOS)

Interior:
ΔΟRΙSΕΛRΑΦ[S]ΕΝ:ΧΑΙRΕ[SΤRΑΤΟSΚΑLΟS]

Signed

"Douris painted it" (DORIS EGRAPHSEN)

Interior
ΔΟΡΙΣΕΓΡΑΦ[Σ]ΕΝ:ΧΑΙΡΕ[ΣΤΡΑΤΟΣΚΑΛΟΣ]

Provenance

By date unknown: Baxter Collection, Florence; by date unknown: A. van Branteghem Collection; 1892: Hotel Drouot auction of Van Branteghem Collection, Paris, May 30 - June 1, lot 67 (as found at Corneto); by 1894: with E. P. Warren; 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