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Drinking cup (kylix) with Dionysos and a satyr

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Interior: Dionysos holding a kantharos and a vine, and a satyr pouring from an oinochoë. At the left the inscription "The boy is handsome" (HO PAIS KALOS). The whole surrounded by a circle decorated with a meander. Exterior painted black without decoration. Repaired and painted over.




According to Caskey and Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, III, p. 31: from Vulci. Formerly in the possession of the Roman dealer, Basseggio; by date unknown: W. S. Bigelow Collection (loaned to MFA in 1877); gift of W. S. Bigelow to MFA, January 2, 1913

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Greek, Late Archaic Period, about 490–480 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 139.


Diameter: 28.1 cm (11 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World