Janiform drinking cup (kantharos)

Early Classical Period
about 480–470 B.C.
Attributed to the Syriskos Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Height: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.); diameter: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



Vase in the form of two heads, one of a satyr with goat’s ears, and beard; the other of a woman, of archaic type. Above each head, on the rim, a painted figure of a youth, reclining. Before the youth on the woman side is a large amphora with the Greek Inscription: “Handsome” (KALOS). Woman restored.




Date unknown: said to have been found in Capua, Italy; by date unknown: H. Hoffmann Collection; by 1888: with Hôtel Drouot (sale of H. Hoffmann Collection, Paris, May 28-29, 1888, lot 328); by 1892: van Branteghem Collection; 1892: with Hôtel Drouot (sale of van Branteghem Collection, Paris, May 30-31, June 1,1892, lot no. 260); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund