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Drinking cup (kylix) with Dionysiac scenes

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Interior: A bearded and wreathed Dionysus extends a stemless high-handled cup (kantharos) over an altar in order to pour a libation as a liquid sacrifice. He wears a long tunic and cloak (chiton and himation). Behind him is an elaborate stool. At left along the border is the Greek inscription,...

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"Douris painted it" (DORIS EGRAPHSEN) on interior by left border; "Hippodamas is handsome" (HIPPODAMAS KALOS) (on rim above satyrs and maenads on side A) Interior: ΔΟRΙSEΓRAΦSEN Side A: ΗΙΠΠΟΔΑΜΑΣΚΑLΟS


"Douris painted it" (DORIS EGRAPHSEN)


According to MFA records: found in fragments in April 1886, in the excavations of Riccardo Mancini in the necropolis at Orvieto. The fragments passed at once into the possession of Dr. Thomas Wilson of Washington, D.C., who was present at the time of their discovery.; by date unknown: purchased by Professor F. B. Tarbell; purchased by MFA from Prof. F. B. Tarbell with a portion of a gift of money by Mrs. Samuel Torrey Morse, 19000

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel Torrey Morse

Greek, Late Archaic or Early Classical Period, about 480 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 129.


Height: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.); diameter: 31 cm (12 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure technique


The Ancient World