Drinking cup (kylix)

Late Archaic Period
about 510 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 119.


Height: 19 cm (7 1/2 in.); diameter: 19 cm (7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World



Cup interior tondo composition: A winged sphinx crouches, facing right. On her head is a wreath of olive leaves. Inscription: “Epilykos is handsome” (E[P]ILUK[OS] KALOS)

Exterior side A: The scene is fragmentary. To the left, a winged horse advancing to left. In the center is an ithyphallic satyr with a wine-bag following Dionysos. To the right is another winged horse.
Exterior side B: Between two winged horses a nude man with a knotted stick follows another man wearing a cloak and also carrying a stick.


"Epilykos is handsome" (E[P]ILUK[OS] KALOS)


By date unknown: Ruspoli Collection at Cervetri according to Caskey-Beazley III, no. 119; by 1910: with Edward Perry Warren [no provenance given in his records]; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230); two additional fragments of the kylix acquired from Prof. Studniczka in 1921 and six more fragments given by Edward Perry Warren in 1921

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund, Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution, John Michael Rodocanachi Fund, and Gift of Edward Perry Warren