Drinking cup (kylix)

Classical Period
450-440 BC
The Penthesilea Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 102.


Overall: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.) Diameter: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.) Width between Handles: 35 cm (13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Interior of Drinking Cup: A youth stoops over leaning on a walking stick to talk to a seated woman who holds two fruits (?) or possibly two round objects for juggling? At the left is a kalathos (wool basket) with a spindle sticking in it.Early fine style. A scene typical for a number of vases in this period that feature scenes of women seated with wool baskets and their servants.

Interior: a youth standing to right, talking to a woman seated in front of him.

Exterior: Satyrs and Maenads playing. They carry thyrsi, wine-skins, and one satyr has a rhyton. Repaired and partially painted over.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection