Lip cup (kylix)
The Sakonides Painter
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
CVA Boston 2, pl. 090, 3-4; 091, 4.
Height: 15.4 cm (6 1/16 in.); diameter: 22.8 cm (9 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Black Figure
Not On View
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.
"Stroibos is Handsome" (Stroibos kalos) "Hail and drink" (xaire kai piei).
By 1962: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., October 11, 1966
Frederick Brown Fund