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Covered drinking cup (kylix) depciting athletes and judges

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The top is covered except for an opening from which one can drink. The stem is hollow and continues upward inside to the level of the rim. When held upside down, the cup could be filled through the stem and, once filled, could be emptied only through the mouthpiece. On top are seven nude,...

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Inscription

"The girl is pretty" (he pais kale) "The boy is handsome" (ho pais kalos)

Provenance

By date unknown: A. van Branteghem Collection; 1892: Hotel Drouot auction of van Branteghem Collection, May 30-31 and June 1, Paris, lot 21; by 1894: with Edward Perry Warren; 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, about 500 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 107.

Dimensions

Height: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.); diameter: 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

95.16

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels