Drinking cup (kylix) depicting a boxer

Late Archaic Period
about 500 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 075.


Height: 8.8 cm (3 7/16 in.) Diameter: 23 cm (9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)


The Ancient World



Interior: Athlete (nude youth) binding his hands for boxing. A pick on the ground behind him, a pair of jumping weights (halteres) hang in the field to his left. In field inscribed: “Athenodotos is handsome”(on interior) (“ATHENODOTOS KALOS”), “Handsome”(twice on interior) (“KALOS”)

Exterior side A: Four warriors, nude except for their armor, do battle. In the center one comes from the left and spears his opponent in the genitals. While he bleeds, he ineffectually tries to draw his sword. In field, “The boy is handsome” (KALOS HO PAIS)

Exterior side B: Two warriors fight over another soldier who is dying from a fatal side wound.

Condition: Faces of exterior figures restored.


Inscribed: "Athenodotos is handsome"(on interior) ("ATHENODOTOS KALOS"), "Handsome"(twice on interior) ("KALOS"), "The boy is handsome"(on exterior) (KALOS HO PAIS")


By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon Collection; by 1901: purchased by Edward Perry Warren from Alfred Bourguignon (according to Warren's records: Bourguignon label [on the vase]: Orvieto); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund