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Drinking cup (skyphos) with the departure and recovery of Helen

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Side A: Paris (named Alexandros here) is leading Helen away from Sparta and the Palace of Menelaos. Aeneas, with a lion shield, accompanies Paris. Aphrodite and Eros flank Helen. Peitho, the personification of persuasion, follows behind Aphrodite. The boy under the handle is thought to be...

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Inscriptions: "Aineas"; "Alexandros"; "Aphrodite" (twice); "Priam"; "Helen" (twice); "Kriseis"; "Kriseus"; "Menelaos", "Hieron "made [it] (HIERON EPOIESEN), "Makron painted [it]" (MAKRON EGRAPHSEN)


Scratched on handle: "Hieron made (it)" (HIERON EPOIESEN) Painted under the opposite handle: "Makron drew (it)" (MAKRON EGRAPHSEN)


1879: Marchese Marcello Spinelli Collection (according to F. von Duhn, Bullettino, 1879, and Caskey-Beazley III, no. 140, the vase was found leaning beside a tomb on March 22, 1879 during Marchese Marcello Spinelli's excavations in the cemetery of Suessula); by 1912: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

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

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 140; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 061.


Height: 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.); diameter: 27.8 cm (10 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World