Drinking cup (kylix) with satyr

Greek
Late Archaic Period
510–500 B.C.
Epiktetos


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 005.

Dimensions

Height: 7.6 cm (3 in.); diameter 18.7 cm (7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

95.34

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Interior: A nude, ithyphallic satyr sits on a wine-skin, and holds a drinking horn (rhyton) in his left hand. He wears a wreath of ivy leaves painted in purple.

A Greek inscription in the field reads: “Hipparchos is handsome” (HIPPARXOS KALOS). On the wine-skin, in brown paint is an inscription of the same name: “HIPPARXOS.”

The satyr is here engaged in a game called ‘askoliasmos’, derived from the Greek word for wineskin, ‘askos’, which invovled jumping on a blown up wineskin that was greased with oil and trying to hold one’s balance.

Inscription

In the field: "Hipparchos is handsome" (HIPPARXOS KALOS). On the wine-skin, in brown, HIPPLOXO

Interior:
ΗΙΠΠΑΡΧΟSΚΑLΟS

On the wine skin:
ΗΙΠΠAPΧΟΣ

Provenance

By 1892: A. van Branteghem Collection (sold at Hotel Drouot auction, Paris, May 30 - June 1, lot 38; said to be from Italy); by 1894: with Edward Perry Warren; 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund