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Drinking cup (kylix) with seated sphinx

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Part of the center of a kylix, seated sphinx, red, white, and blue on the wing, surrounded by a "Starbornament" alternately red and black. Bottom pierced by three holes.


From Naukratis. 1885: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; October 28, 1885: voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over February 1886. (Accession date: 1886).

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Greek, Archaic Period, about 540 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


Naukratis, Egypt

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 109, 13; Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 357.2.


Width: 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World