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Drinking cup (kylix) depicting Peirithoös and the birth of Helen

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Interior: Peirithoös, the king of the Lapiths, seated. He is dressed as a traveler, with a long-brimmed hat (petasos) and short cloak. Greek inscription at right (PERITHOS). Exterior side A: The birth of Helen, framed on either side by a palmette. Klytemnestra (Greek inscription...

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Inscription

Interior: ΠΕΡΙΘΟΣ Exterior Side A (LàR) ΚΛΥΤΑΙΜΕΣΤΡΑ ΤΕVΔΑΡΕΩΣ ΛΕΔΑ Exterior Side B (LàR) ΦΥΛΟΝΟΕ ΚΛΕΟ[Π]Α[Τ]ΡΑ ΞΕΝΟΤΙΜΟΣ ΕΠΟΙΕΣΕΝ

Signed

Xenotimos made it

Provenance

By 1888: Van Branteghem Collection; by 1892: Hotel Drouot sale of the van Branteghem Collection, Paris, May 31 and June 1, lot 84 (said to have been found at Sorrento); by 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: last in Tyszkiewicz collection but not bought at the sale); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, about 430–425 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 163.

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.); diameter 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

99.539

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels