Drinking cup (kylix) depicting pentathletes
Late Archaic Period
about 500–490 B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 078; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 121.
Height: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.); diameter: 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Interior: Youth with diskos. The athlete bends forward at the moment in the backward swing just before the forward swing and release. Greek inscription, “Panaitios is handsome” (PANAITIOS KALOS), along the inner edge of the tondo above the athlete.
Exterior: Scenes of the athletic practice at the palaestra. One of the main figures is a jumper in mid-flight. At his right is his trainer, ready with the rod used for correcting mistakes. At the left, another youth runs, holding jumping weights (halteres). On the other side, the main figure is a diskos-thrower in the midst of his back swing. Again, a trainer and another athlete accompany the main figure.
Condition: Kylix was broken and repaired.
Interior: "Panaitios is handsome" (PANAITIOS KALOS)
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
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund