Drinking cup (kylix) with man painting a head

Late Archaic Period
about 510 B.C.
the Ambrosios Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Height x width: 2 15/16 x 9 5/8 in. (7.5 x 24.4 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)


The Ancient World



A young sculptor or apprentice in a workshop paints a small male head - behind him on a shelf a similar head, already painted, has been set to dry. These clay heads are most likely meant to be plastic (molded) vessels, such as drinking cups or oil flasks in the shape of heads, which are common. The exterior is undecorated.

Condition: burned gray. Fragmentary.


By 1968: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 12, 1968

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund