Drinking cup (kylix) with Achilles and Hektor battling

Greek
Late Archaic Period
about 490–480 B.C.
the Foundry Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 035.

Dimensions

Height: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

98.933

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Interior: Youth seated on rock and bearded man standing. Inscribed in Greek above the youth’s head Fanas (FANAS) and above the man’s head Empedion (EMPEDION).

Exterior side A: Hector pursued by Achilles. Inscribed in Greek to the right of Hector’s head [HEK]TOR, and to the left of Achilles’ head A+ILLEV[S]; at either side a gate, in which is a Scythian archer. Upper part of each figure missing. Also inscribed Ilion (ILION) (between battlements above the shields).

Exterior side B: Priam followed by Hekabe advances towards Athena. Only a part of figure of Athena preserved. Inscribed in Greek above and to the right of Hecuba’s head [HEKA]BE, to the right of Priam’s body PRI[A]M[OS], by Athena’s head [A]THENA[IA].

Both handles missing. Part of foot restored.

Inscription

Interior:
ΦΑΝΑS
ΕΜΠΕΔΙΟΝ

Exterior Side A:
[ΗΕΚ]ΤΟΡ
ΑΧΙΛΛΕΥ[S]
[Ι]L[Ι]ΟΝ

Exterior Side B:
ΠPI[A]M[OS]
[ΗΕΚΑ]ΒΕ
[Α]ΘΕΝΑ[ΙΑ]

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (said to have once belonged to the dealer Depoletti of Rome and to have been bought by Warren from a dealer in London); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1898, for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund