High-handled cup (kantharos) with scenes from the Gigantomachy
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 152.
Overall: 26.5 x 28 cm (10 7/16 x 11 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)
This high-handled cup (kantharos) has struts and thumb rests on handles. The kantharos is the type of wine cup favored by the god Dionysus and the hero Herakles.
Side A: Poseidon attacking the giant Polybotes. He hurls a mass of rock, the island of Nisyros, in his left hand and holds a trident in his right hand. His long hair is wreathed. The giant, wounded on his right side, turns and falls, but tries to strike out with his sword.
Side B: Dionysos attacks a giant with the end of his thyrsos and a serpent. He wears a wreath of ivy. The giant is fallen on one knee, but still grasps his sword.
Around upper surface of foot inscribed in Greek. Signed by the potter “Hieron, son of Medon” (IERON MEDONTOS EPOI[E])
Condition: Repaired with some restoration, not affecting images.
Signed by the potter Hieron, son of Medon (IERON MEDONTOS EPOI[E])
Around upper surface of foot.
ΙΕΡΟΝ ΜΕΔΟΝΤΟΣ ΕΠΟΙ[Ε]
(IERON MEDONTOS EPOI[E])
By 1895: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought from Rollin et Feuardent in Paris March 1895. They had just received it in fragments from Greece.); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund