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Drinking cup (kylix) depicting palaistra scenes

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Exterior: One side depicts a boy bending into a runner's starting position, a trainer with a switch, and a boy holding a jumping weight (halter). The other side shows another trainer with a switch, a boy holding javelins and a discus bag, and another boy about to soften the ground for the...

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"The boy is handsome" (once on interior and four times on exterior; all are misspelled)


Known in the 1750s and published by Mazochius in In Regii Herculanensis Musaei aeneas tabulas Heracleenses commentarii, 1754-1758; published by Inghirami, in 1824 in Mon etr. 5, pl. 69-70 (as being in the Museo degli studi, Naples); by 1928: Seltman Collection; purchased by MFA from Seltman, March 1, 1928, for $1,399.88

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Greek, Classical Period, about 460 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 101.


Height: 9.8 cm (3 7/8 in.); diameter: 23.8 cm (9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World