Lip cup (kylix)

Greek
Archaic Period
535–525 B.C.
The Sakonides Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 090, 3-4; 091, 4.

Dimensions

Height: 15.4 cm (6 1/16 in.); diameter: 22.8 cm (9 in.)

Accession Number

66.816

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Side A: profile of female head to left, wearing earring, necklace, hair bound in a queue and fillet. Details of latter incised and added purple. In handle zone, single palmettes either side of the handles, and inscription: “Hail and drink” (xaire kai piei)

Side B: same, but wearing different necklace. Inscription: “Stroibos is handsome” (Stroibos kalos)

Sakonides was one of a group of vase-painters who specialized in painting small pictures on lip and band cups and are thus known as “Little Masters”. Sakonides was especially fond of executing profile heads of women in an unusual technique: instead of silhouetting them in black or white, he simply drew them in outline on the reserved clay ground.

Inscription

"Stroibos is Handsome" (Stroibos kalos) "Hail and drink" (xaire kai piei).
SΤΡΟΙΒΟSΚΑLΟS
ΧΑΙΡΕΚΑΙΠΙΕΙ

Provenance

By 1962: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., October 11, 1966

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund