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Drinking cup (kylix)

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Above a broad band around the exterior, forty-three surviving snakes. The scales of the snakes are incised. Glazed circles on interior and bottom of foot. Red and black glaze on light buff clay. Lip, "shoulder", and foot incised, or reserved with a groove, or molded.


By 1963: with Theodoros Zoumboulakis in Athens; by 1964 with Byron Th. Zoumboulakis, 8 Place de la Taconnerie, Geneva, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Byron Th. Zoumboulakis, June 8, 1964

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

Greek, Archiac Period, about 540 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Boiotia, Greece


Height: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World