Covered drinking cup (kylix)

Classical Period
about 460–450 B.C.
Possibly by the Carlsruhe Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 036; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 033.


Height: 7.7 cm (3 1/16 in.); diameter: 16.6 cm (6 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, white ground with traces of gilding and traces of a red undercoat for the gilding

Not On View


The Ancient World



Both the form and decoration of this cup are extremely unusual. The cover, seen here from above, was not designed to open. The cup was filled through a hollow in its stemmed base, and libations were poured out through the opening in the cover. The cup depicts the god Apollo appearing before one of the nine Muses, goddesses of the arts, whom he led and inspired. The lyre this Muse holds was originally gilded. She sits on a rock and wears a light brown dress (chiton).

The exterior sides of the cup are decorated with two (one on each side) fully draped women running, carrying sprigs.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: found in a tomb near Cape Zoster with 00.357); February 1900: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund