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Covered drinking cup (kylix)

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Both the form and decoration of this cup are extremely unusual. The cover, seen here from above, was not designed to open. The cup was filled through a hollow in its stemmed base, and libations were poured out through the opening in the cover. The cup depicts the god Apollo appearing before one...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: found in a tomb near Cape Zoster with 00.357); February 1900: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, about 460–450 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 036; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 033.


Height: 7.7 cm (3 1/16 in.); diameter: 16.6 cm (6 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, white ground with traces of gilding and traces of a red undercoat for the gilding


The Ancient World