Drinking cup (kylix) with Menelaos reclaiming Helen
Late Archaic Period
about 500 B.C.
The Elpinikos Painter
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 007.
Length: 13.9 cm (5 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)
Center of a kylix. Interior: Menelaos reclaiming Helen; within a thin circle a bearded warrior, wearing cuirass and Corinthian helmet leading a woman, wearing chiton with kolpos, himation and veil, to left. He grasps her right wrist, looks back and brandishes sword in right hand. In the field at left the Greek inscription: “Elpi[nik]os is handsome” (Elpi[nik]os kalos).
According to L. D. Caskey and J. D. Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, vol.1, p. 6, no. 7: From Cervetri.; by 1912: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245); in 1936 a fragment formerly in the collection of the University of Leipzig was joined to the MFA cup
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Gift of the Archaeological Institute, University of Leipzig