Drinking cup (kylix) depicting scenes from the Odyssey
about 560–550 B.C.
the Painter of the Boston Polyphemos
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
CVA Boston 2, pl. 088; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 067.
Height: 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.); diameter: 21.7 cm (8 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Black Figure
Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)
Side A: Circe and the companions of Odysseus, eight figures. Circe appears in center mixing her potion for Odysseus’ men. The men have animal heads and arms, but retain their human lower bodies. Eurylochus escapes the scene at far right and Odysseus enters at far left.
Side B: Odysseus in the cave of Polyphemos, seven figures. Polyphemos is the central figure, kneeling on one knee in a state of drunkenness. Odysseus’ companions bring more wine from the left. Odysseus appears at right with an oinochoe containing more wine. Athena stands behind Odysseus, as his guardian.
Meaningless inscriptions. A large break in B.
Entire foot restored.
By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Sent from Athens.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund