Stemless cup with ring handles (skyphos)

Late Hellenistic Period
100–50 B.C.


Height: 6.6 cm (2 5/8 in.); diameter: 9.7 cm; diameter (with handles) 17.3 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



Broad cup with a deep body swelling outward toward the base. The lip of the cup is straight on the outside, but thickened and rolled over on the inside. Curved foot with incised concentric circles on underside of base. Ring handles with handle plates above, whose curving edges are decorated with openwork scrolls. At the ends of the rings, plates in the form of peltae are applied to the wall of the cup. Below the handles is a plate with a curvilinear silhouette and two cut-out circles. The lower part of the plate has an ivy-leaf-like shape, whose tip splits into two scrolls. Dotted Greek or Aramaic inscription under foot.


1981, sold by Mohammad Yeganeh (dealer; b. 1929 - d. 2012), Frankfurt, to the MFA [see note]. (Accession Date: May 13, 1981)

NOTE: Said at the time of acquisition to have come from the Near East.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Leon Levy