High-handled cup (kantharos) with scenes from the Gigantomachy

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 470–460 B.C.
the Amphitrite Painter, Potter Hieron


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 152.

Dimensions

Overall: 26.5 x 28 cm (10 7/16 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

98.932

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This high-handled cup (kantharos) has struts and thumb rests on handles. The kantharos is the type of wine cup favored by the god Dionysus and the hero Herakles.

Side A: Poseidon attacking the giant Polybotes. He hurls a mass of rock, the island of Nisyros, in his left hand and holds a trident in his right hand. His long hair is wreathed. The giant, wounded on his right side, turns and falls, but tries to strike out with his sword.

Side B: Dionysos attacks a giant with the end of his thyrsos and a serpent. He wears a wreath of ivy. The giant is fallen on one knee, but still grasps his sword.

Around upper surface of foot inscribed in Greek. Signed by the potter “Hieron, son of Medon” (IERON MEDONTOS EPOI[E])

Condition: Repaired with some restoration, not affecting images.

Inscription

Signed by the potter Hieron, son of Medon (IERON MEDONTOS EPOI[E])
Around upper surface of foot.
ΙΕΡΟΝ ΜΕΔΟΝΤΟΣ ΕΠΟΙ[Ε]

Signed

(IERON MEDONTOS EPOI[E])

Provenance

By 1895: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought from Rollin et Feuardent in Paris March 1895. They had just received it in fragments from Greece.); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund