Drinking cup (kylix)

Late Archaic Period
about 490–480 B.C.
Painter Makron

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 141; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 126.


Height: 12.8 cm (5 1/16 in.) Diameter: 33.2 cm (13 1/16)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



Cup Interior: This scene most likely takes place during the typical drinking party known as a symposium. A bearded and wreathed man reclines on a kline with a striped cushion. He wears a cloak (himation) draped around him. There is a small table beside him. He holds a kylix in one hand and gestures with the other. A woman standing before him, reaching out to touch his face. Ordinary women were not allowed to attend the normally all-male drinking party, but hired female entertainers were common.

Exterior Side A: This scene centers on a seated woman gesturing towards a bearded man. She holds a mirror and a flower. To the left a woman gestures to a youth, who seems taken with the seated woman. On the right is a woman talking to a young man with a traveling hat and a walking stick (not in photo).

Exterior Side B: This scene features six paired figures (the two on the far right are not in photo). From the left: a standing woman converses with a bearded man seated on an elaborate stool. The figures in the middle consist of another woman talking to a standing, bearded man, and on the right a woman converses with a beardless youth. Many gesture as if to embrace.

Condition: Somewhat broken.


By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon Collection; by 1901: purchased by Edward Perry Warren from Alfred Bourguignon (according to Warren's records: Bourguignon label [on the vase]: Orvieto); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund