Drinking cup (skyphos)

Late Archaic Period
about 510–500 B.C.
The Theseus Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Height: 15.9 cm (6 1/4 in.); diameter: 22.3 cm (8 3/4 in.).

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Side A: Amazon or Arimaspian woman with a bowcase and bow rides a lion. She wears a Phrygian cap and tights with a long-sleeved top. Her white skin identifies her as female. She confronts a monster with the beak of a bird, a donkey’s head, an ovoid, partridge-like body, which is covered with a grid of alternately black and white diamonds. The monster’s two legs are hooved. Between the two figures is a tree with white fruit. A white snake undulates below.
Side B: A lion about to spring at four bullocks, alternately black and white; between them, a tree with round, white fruit.
Slightly restored.


By 1897: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Sent from Athens. Summer 1897.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund