Drinking cup (kylix) depicting athletes and judges

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 460 B.C.
the Euaion Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 044.

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 11.7 x 28.8 cm (4 5/8 x 11 5/16 in.) Other (Width with handles): 37.5 cm (14 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

10.181

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The scenes on the interior and exterior of this drinking cup show older men awarding red and white ribbons to nude boy athletes. The men, who are bearded and wear mantles, are probably the boys’ admirers. All the figures wear olive wreaths, except one boy who has a ribbon around his head and carries a branch. An old man with a stick could be a judge or a father of one of the boys.
Interior: a nude youth receiving a white fillet from a bearded man draped in a cloak (himation).
Exterior side A: To left of a Doric column two bearded men, one holding a fillet, the other a staff. To right a bearded man holding out a white fillet to a youth whose head is bound with a similar fillet, his right arm with a purple one.
Exterior side B: To left a bearded man holding out a white fillet to a nude youth. To right two bearded men holding fillets.

Provenance

By 1910: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in London, apparently between 1896 and 1898); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution