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Drinking cup (kylix)

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Identical Greek inscriptions in the handle zone on each side: "Nikosthenes made [it]" (NIKOSTHENES EPOIESEN). Tondo bordered by tongue pattern between concentric black circles, the tongues, alternately red and black. Dismounting hoplite carrying two spears, wearing helmet with bull's horns and...

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On the handle zone on each side: ΝΙΚΟSΘΕΝΕSΕΠΟΙΕSΕΝ


Said to be from Vulci; by date unknown: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen auction 11, January 23-24, 1953, lot 321); Dr. Herbert A. Cahn Collection; May 11, 1960: gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn

Greek, Archaic Period, 545–540 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 089.


Height: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.); diameter: 21.8 cm (4 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World