Drinking cup (kylix) with erotic scene

Greek
Late Archaic Period
about 480 B.C.
Douris


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Height: 7.8 cm (3 1/16 in.); diameter: 21.2 cm (8 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1970.233

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Cup interior tondo composition: sex scene: A bearded man bends over a woman with short hair (which may indicate her status as a slave). She braces herself on the stool in front of her which has lion-paw feet and various things piled on top of it, including her clothes. To the left is a couch (kline) which has an elaborately carved post with ionic volutes. An overstuffed striped cushion tops the kline.
Inscription “the girl is pretty” (HE PAIS KALE) above their heads, and ‘Hold still!’ (HEXE HESUXOS) issuing from the man’s mouth.

Exterior is undecorated.

Inscription

"the girl is pretty" (HE PAIS KALE) (above their heads), and "Hold still!"(HEXE HESUXOS) (issuing from the man's mouth)
ΗΕΠΑΙΣΚΑΛΕ
ΗΕΧΕΗΣΥΧΟΣ

Provenance

December 13, 1969, sale (auction 40), Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Basel, lot 93, to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 1970, gift of Landon T. Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 11, 1970)

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay