Two-handled drinking cup (skyphos) with a caricature of Achilles battling Hektor

Classical Period
about 450–375 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Boiotia

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 563.


21.8 cm (8 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)


The Ancient World



Side A: Boiotian (Kabirion): Fight between Achilles and Hektor before the walls of Troy. Hektor is defending himself with a round shield while Achilles throws his spear (Achilles’ hair flows out behind him showing movement) while both figures where short chitons, exposing their phalluses. Behind them, Priam stands before the gates of Troy, naked, with out-stretched arms. Between the fighting figures stands a bird facing Achilles. On this vase, Achilles appears as a caricature; however on related vases, Achilles is typically shown as a normal figure, perhaps in respect for the hero.

Side B: Three bearded men, a crane, etc.

A piece missing from (A).


By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London from a Greek); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund