Drinking cup (kylix) depicting Peirithoös and the birth of Helen
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 163.
Height: 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.); diameter 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)
Interior: Peirithoös, the king of the Lapiths, seated. He is dressed as a traveler, with a long-brimmed hat (petasos) and short cloak. Greek inscription at right (PERITHOS).
Exterior side A: The birth of Helen, framed on either side by a palmette. Klytemnestra (Greek inscription ‘Klytemestra’ to the right of her head) and and her father Tyndareos (Greek inscription ‘Tendareos’ to the right of his head) stand to the left of an altar with an egg and bird on it. Leda stands to the right of the altar, with open arms (Greek inscription ‘Leda’ to the right of her head).
Exterior side B: Three women framed on either side by a palmette. The inscription ‘Kleopatra’ appears to the right of the woman on the left, and the inscription ‘Phylonoe’ to the right of the central woman’s head. Signature of the potter to the right of the woman at right, ‘XENOTIMOS EPOIESEN’ (Xenotimos made it). The words Xenotimos and epoiesen on two separate lines.
In Greek mythology, Phylonoe was a daughter of Tyndareos.
Exterior Side A (LàR)
Exterior Side B (LàR)
Xenotimos made it
By 1888: Van Branteghem Collection; by 1892: Hotel Drouot sale of the van Branteghem Collection, Paris, May 31 and June 1, lot 84 (said to have been found at Sorrento); by 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: last in Tyszkiewicz collection but not bought at the sale); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund