Drinking cup (kylix) depicting scenes of bathing and exercise

Classical Period
about 450–430 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Height: 19 cm (3 9/16 in.); diameter: 28.8 cm (11 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Interior: bathing place; basin (louterion) at left; nude youth with strigil, female gymnast seated. (Possibly Atalanta and Peleus). Because men and women generally did not exercise or bathe together in ancient Greece, this image can be interpreted as a mythological scene, showing Atalanta, the famous athlete, as she converses and bathes with Peleus, who she has just defeated in a wrestling match. It may also represent a scene from Spartan life, where young men and women did exercise together.

A: Between two draped trainers a nude athlete with jumping weights.
B: Between two draped trainers a nude athlete about to throw the diskos.

Shallow bowl, flat foot, poor varnish.


By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: The following objects [MFA 03.805-03.833, 03.836-03.837, 03.906] were found in one cemetery in Campania.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900