Drinking cup (kylix) with erotic scene
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
about 480 B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Height: 7.8 cm (3 1/16 in.); diameter: 21.2 cm (8 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)
Cup interior tondo composition: sex scene: A bearded man bends over a woman with short hair (which may indicate her status as a slave). She braces herself on the stool in front of her which has lion-paw feet and various things piled on top of it, including her clothes. To the left is a couch (kline) which has an elaborately carved post with ionic volutes. An overstuffed striped cushion tops the kline.
Inscription “the girl is pretty” (HE PAIS KALE) above their heads, and ‘Hold still!’ (HEXE HESUXOS) issuing from the man’s mouth.
Exterior is undecorated.
"the girl is pretty" (HE PAIS KALE) (above their heads), and "Hold still!"(HEXE HESUXOS) (issuing from the man's mouth)
December 13, 1969, sale (auction 40), Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Basel, lot 93, to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 1970, gift of Landon T. Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 11, 1970)
Gift of Landon T. Clay