Drinking cup (kylix)

Early Classical Period
about 470 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 132.


Height: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Interior: A Dionysiac scene: A satyr seizes a maenad (a female follower of the wine-god Dionysus), who attempts to ward off his advance with her fennel stalk (thyrsus). She wears a fawn-skin (nebris) over her dress (chiton). Two other satyrs dance in the background, one also carries a thyrsus. The erect phalloi of the satyrs have been removed by an earlier restorer. Flower blossoms are in field, emphasizing the fertility aspect of the god Dionysus.

Exterior side A: This is probably a scene of warriors leaving for battle.
From the left is a woman with an pitcher (oinochoe) who interacts with a warrior dressed for battle in a helmet, greaves, and holds a spear and a shield. They are addressed by a bearded man, who gestures towards them. He holds a walking stick and is dressed in a long cloak (himation). In the background oil vessels hang on the wall: an alabastron and an oil jar (aryballos). Continuing to the right is a woman pouring a libation at the feet of another heavily equipped hoplite (soldier) with a phiale. To their right is a boy with a walking stick and a long himation.

Exterior side B: A group of six bearded men wearing long cloaks (himation) converse, some lean on staffs. Greaves (or jumping weights?), an aryballos, and a strigil hang in the field.


By 1900: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bruschi collection); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, February 1900

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund