Drinking cup (kylix) with a youth playing a drinking game (kottabos)

Classical Period
about 450–440 B.C.
The Villa Giulia Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


8.7 cm (3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Interior: Youth reclining on couch, playing kottabos.
Exterior side A: Youth with staff, youth with lyre, bearded man.
Exterior side B: Bearded man, youth with lyre youth with staff. Illegible inscriptions.
[Label text]:
The exterior of this kylix depicts a symposium scene with men of varying ages enjoying music from a lyre. On the inside of the kylix, a young man is shown reclining on a couch, lifting his drinking vessel, possibly playing a drinking game.


By date unknown: Thomas G. Appleton Collection (purchased from Alessandro Castellani and said to be from Capua); gift of Thomas G. Appleton to MFA, 1876

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas Gold Appleton