Drinking cup (kylix)
Late Archaic Period
about 510–500 B.C.
the Ambrosios Painter
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Height: 11.2 cm (4 7/16 in.); diameter: 27.7 cm (10 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Cup Interior tondo composition: A small nude boy is fishing as he crouches on a rocky ledge. He holds a woven bag in his left hand, and has a fish on the line. There is also a trap, shown under water, probably for the octopus hiding behind the rock. Above are the Greek letters: “P” “A” “S”.
Exterior: Both sides show drunken satyrs cavorting. On one side, the satyr on the left holds aloft an amphora, while the one on the right balances a high-handled cup (kantharos) on his phallus. Above is the Greek inscription KR[A]TES ELE[–]O, which may refer to the action of one of the satyrs, who is named Krates. On the other side two satyrs dance. The one on the right holds a drinking horn (rhyton). Above is an inscription which appears to say: E[-]KEA[-]SE, too fragmentary to decipher.
Interior: letters Π, Α, S.
By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon Collection; by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought privately from the collection of Alfred Bourguignon.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund