Deep drinking cup (skyphos) with oil press

Archaic Period
about 520–510 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Overall: 10.2 x 15.3 cm (4 x 6 in.) Diameter with handles: 21.2 cm (8 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)


The Ancient World



Sides A and B: An oil-press. The press has a long beam weighted at the end by large sacks, presumably filled with stones. A nude, bearded workman hangs on the beam to increase the pressure. A beardless nude workman adjusts the straps holding the sacks. Oil pours from the pressing table into a krater or a wide-mouthed amphora.

Condition: Slightly restored.


By date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; inherited from him by Mrs. Burt and then, about 1889, by A. H. Browne; by 1899: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London W.C., England, auction of the Forman Collection, June 19-22, lot 323; 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund