Drinking cup (kylix) depicting scenes from the Odyssey

Archaic Period
550–525 B.C.
the Painter of the Boston Polyphemos

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 088; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 067.


Height: 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.); diameter: 21.7 cm (8 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)


The Ancient World



Side A: Circe and the companions of Odysseus, eight figures. Circe appears in center mixing her potion for Odysseus’ men. The men have animal heads and arms, but retain their human lower bodies. Eurylochus escapes the scene at far right and Odysseus enters at far left.

Side B: Odysseus in the cave of Polyphemos, seven figures. Polyphemos is the central figure, kneeling on one knee in a state of drunkenness. Odysseus’ companions bring more wine from the left. Odysseus appears at right with an oinochoe containing more wine. Athena stands behind Odysseus, as his guardian.

Meaningless inscriptions. A large break in B.
Entire foot restored.


unintelligible Greek


By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Sent from Athens.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund