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Drinking cup (kylix) with erotic scene

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Cup interior tondo composition: sex scene: A bearded man bends over a woman with short hair (which may indicate her status as a slave). She braces herself on the stool in front of her which has lion-paw feet and various things piled on top of it, including her clothes. To the left is a couch...

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"the girl is pretty" (HE PAIS KALE) (above their heads), and "Hold still!"(HEXE HESUXOS) (issuing from the man's mouth) ΗΕΠΑΙΣΚΑΛΕ ΗΕΧΕΗΣΥΧΟΣ


By 1969: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (auction 40, lot 93); purchased at auction 40 by Landon T. Clay; gift of Landon T. Clay to MFA, March 11, 1970

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

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

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


Height: 7.8 cm (3 1/16 in.); diameter: 21.2 cm (8 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World