Drinking cup (kylix) depicting palaistra scenes

Early Classical Period
about 460 B.C.
Penthesilea Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 101.


Height: 9.8 cm (3 7/8 in.); Diameter: 23.8 cm (9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



Exterior: One side depicts a boy bending into a runner’s starting position, a trainer with a switch, and a boy holding a jumping weight (halter). The other side shows another trainer with a switch, a boy holding javelins and a discus bag, and another boy about to soften the ground for the runners with a pickax.

inscriptions in field. “Kalos ho pais” “the boy is beautiful”

Interior: Youth talking and gesticulating to a seated youth. Inscription in field: “kalos ho pais” “the boy is beautiful”


"The boy is handsome" (once on interior and four times on exterior; all are misspelled)


Known in the 1750s and published by Mazochius in In Regii Herculanensis Musaei aeneas tabulas Heracleenses commentarii, 1754-1758; published by Inghirami, in 1824 in Mon etr. 5, pl. 69-70 (as being in the Museo degli studi, Naples); by 1928: Seltman Collection; purchased by MFA from Seltman, March 1, 1928, for $1,399.88

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund