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)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)
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
Helen and Alice Colburn Fund