Drinking cup (kylix) depicting pentathletes
Late Archaic Period
about 510–500 B.C.
the Proto-Panaitian Group
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 072.
Overall: 7.6 x 29.8 cm (3 x 11 3/4 in.) Other (Diameter of vessel): 23.3 cm (9 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Not On View
Interior: Youth with a jumping weight (halter) in each hand, running to right. He looks back over his shoulder indicating that he is probably not about to jump. Two javelins appear vertically behind him. Inscribed “Athenodotos is handsome” (ATHENODOTOS KALOS)
Exterior side A: A youth runs to the left, looking back. The youth behind him carries a pick used to loosen the dirt in the jumping pit. At the far left another athlete picks up a javelin, with a thong in his other hand.
Exterior side B: Two youths holding javelins run to the right. A third athlete runs, holding a pair jumping weights in his left hand and gesturing with his right. Inscribed “The boy is handsome” (HO PAIS KALOS)
Interior: "Athenodotos is handsome" (on interior) (ATHENODOTOS KALOS)
Exterior Side B: "The boy is handsome" (on exterior) (HO PAIS KALOS)
Date unknown: said to have been in Hartwig's possession; by date unknown; with Francesco Martinetti, who said it was found in a tomb in the Via Campagna (or Campania) at Santa Maria di Capua Vetere (ancient Capua); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (acquired just after Francesco Martinetti's death); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund