Drinking cup (kylix)

Late Archaic Period
about 490 B.C.
Painter Makron

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 138.


Height: 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.) Diameter: 21.8 cm (8 9/16 in)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Archaic Greece Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World



Cup interior tondo composition: A male figure, draped in a cloak (himation) and wearing shoes, walks toward the left. He is carrying a staff, basket, and wine cup (kylix). Greek inscription in the field “Handsome!” (KA[LO]S).

Exterior side A: A maenad (female devotee of Dionysus) sleeps under a tree on some rocks, with mouth open and holding her fennel stalk (thyrsus). While she sleeps she is attacked by two satyrs. One has a hand on her leg, and the other hand is up her skirt. The other creeps up behind her.

Exterior side B: A maenad is awakened by two satyrs who attempt to molest her. She prepares to beat them off with her fennel stalk (thyrsus).

Condition: The foot of the cup was reattached in antiquity with a bronze rivet.


"Handsome!" (KALOS)


By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund