Drinking cup (skyphos) depicting young athlete taking a music lesson
about 530–520 B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Height: 10.5; Width (with handles): 22.8; depth: 16.3 cm
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Black Figure
Not On View
Black glaze on rim, interior and foot. White on lyre.
A: a boy with a strigil and aryballos faces a bearded man who is seated on a stool and holds a lyre on his knees. A youth, identifiable as an athlete from his strigil and aryballos, stands before a seated man who holds a lyre, a harplike instrument; so evidently he is a music teacher.This scene shows how closely related athletic and musical instruction were.
B: three men in conversation. In center, a young man in tunic and over-cloak (himation). On his left and right are young men holding rounded objects (balls? oil flasks?)
Condition: Broken at rims and at nearby or right-hand handle.
Said to be from Selinunte, Sicily. 1961, gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 13, 1961)
Anonymous gift in memory of Prof. George H. Chase