Drinking cup (kylix)

Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
about 485–480 B.C.
Painter Onesimos

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 080.


Diameter: 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World



Interior: A nude man with chin beard stands with his knotted staff in his right hand. With his left hand he holds one end of his himation which passes behind him and hangs on his right arm. Red fillets hang from his head. Two circles form the border. Inscribed: “The boy is handsome” ([HO PA]IS KALOS) (in retrograde)

Exterior: remains of five figures holding staffs, probably the revel after a symposium.

Condition: Fragment with head, not shown in photo, now fastened on, Dec. 16,1911.


Inscribed: "The boy is handsome" ([HO PA]IS KALOS)


By 1897: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: bought from Rome, January 4th, 1897); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution