Low drinking cup (kylix)

Archaic Period
6th century B.C.
The Protome Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Boiotia

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 552.


Height: 6.7 cm (2 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Clay pale buff, with occasional bits of white stone. Decoration in poor black glaze, occasionally burned red, and applied violet red and white. Interior: large bearded head to right in reserved center, remainder black with three concentric red lines; Exterior: bars on vertical edge, then a rude lotus and palmette ornament with added red and white; on the bottom concentric red and black circles.
Shallow bowl with vertical edge; base-ring; strap handles with projecting thumb-pieces.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson