Two-handled drinking cup (skyphos) parodying the Judgement of Paris

Classical Period
about 420 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Boiotia

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 562.


Overall: 20.5 x 30.2 x 21.6 cm (8 1/16 x 11 7/8 x 8 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)


The Ancient World



Side A: Caricatures of Hera and Aphrodite sitting awaiting Hermes. Hera is depicting wearing a marriage veil and facing directly outward, grimacing. Aphrodite, also not depicted as attractive, is shown facing the naked Hermes, holding a wreath.

Side B: Caricatures of Paris (“Alexandros”); and two female seated figures. The female are seated facing each other playing “mora,” or “morrah” a child’s hand game. Paris, shown as an old man, is seated to the right of them wearing a Phrygian cap and “oriental slippers” and playing the lyre. The women are seemingly oblivious to Paris’s presence, creating a parody on multiple aspects of the story mainly the goddess’s beauty and Paris’s central importance.

The type of vase is associated with finds from the Boiotian sanctuary of the Kabirioi, near Thebes


By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Seen by J. M. [John Marshall] in Athens. Bought in Paris.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund