Drinking cup (kylix) with Menelaos reclaiming Helen

Late Archaic Period
about 500 B.C.
The Elpinikos Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 007.


Length: 13.9 cm (5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)


The Ancient World



Center of a kylix. Interior: Menelaos reclaiming Helen; within a thin circle a bearded warrior, wearing cuirass and Corinthian helmet leading a woman, wearing chiton with kolpos, himation and veil, to left. He grasps her right wrist, looks back and brandishes sword in right hand. In the field at left the Greek inscription: “Elpi[nik]os is handsome” (Elpi[nik]os kalos).
Ext.: Plain




According to L. D. Caskey and J. D. Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, vol.1, p. 6, no. 7: From Cervetri.; by 1912: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245); in 1936 a fragment formerly in the collection of the University of Leipzig was joined to the MFA cup

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Gift of the Archaeological Institute, University of Leipzig