Drinking cup (kylix) with pentathletes

Early Classical Period
about 470–460 B.C.
the Telephos Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 156.


Overall: 11 x 22 x 29 cm (4 5/16 x 8 11/16 x 11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

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


The Ancient World



Exterior side A: Two nude youths practise gymnastics- jumping and javelin-throwing - under the guidance of a trainer wearing a mantle. In field is a starting post . A toilet kit (sponge, aryballos, and strigil) hangs from a peg. Fragmentary inscription above the figures: …N..N..[-]…N..

Exterior side B: A javelin thrower, a diskos thrower, and a jumper exercise beside a fluted starting post and a pick. A strigil, portable oil jar (aryballos), and sponge hang from a peg. Fragmentary inscription above the figures: KALO..P..N.

Interior: A youth wearing a mantle stands between a laver and a starting post. Brown is used for the details of the body. Red for the fillet, loop of the javelin and inscription. Greek inscription “Handsome” (KALOS) above the post.


"Handsome!" (on interior) (KALOS)
On both sides of exterior above figures are fragmentary inscriptions:
Side A: ...N..N..[-]...N..
Side B: KALO..P..N
Interior: ΚΑLΟS
Exterior Side A: ...N..N..[-]...N..
Exterior Side B: KALO..P..N


By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon collection; by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought privately from the collection of Alfred Bourguignon. Bourguignon's label [on the vase to indicate provenience]: Santa Maria [di Capua]); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund