Drinking cup (skyphos) depicting young athlete taking a music lesson

Archaic Period
about 530–520 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Height: 10.5; Width (with handles): 22.8; depth: 16.3 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



Black glaze on rim, interior and foot. White on lyre.
A: a boy with a strigil and aryballos faces a bearded man who is seated on a stool and holds a lyre on his knees. A youth, identifiable as an athlete from his strigil and aryballos, stands before a seated man who holds a lyre, a harplike instrument; so evidently he is a music teacher.This scene shows how closely related athletic and musical instruction were.

B: three men in conversation. In center, a young man in tunic and over-cloak (himation). On his left and right are young men holding rounded objects (balls? oil flasks?)

Condition: Broken at rims and at nearby or right-hand handle.


Said to be from Selinunte, Sicily. 1961, gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 13, 1961)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Prof. George H. Chase