Drinking cup (kantharos)

Late Geometric II Period
720–700 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 271.


Height: 28 cm (11 in.); diameter: 28.4 cm (11 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The entire interior is painted with slip. Two strap handles are decorated with vertical lines, zig-zags and hatched swastikas. The interior lip is decorated with X’s alternating with sections of vertical lines. Exterior: below the lip a band with hatched meander. On the body, relief triangles have vertical chevron columns; pendant triangles and dots fill spaces. The bottom and foot are painted dark. There are a few chips in places.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: purchased from Rhousopoulos who said it was found at the Dipylon); 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