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High-handled cup (kantharos)

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This high-handled cup (kantharos) has struts and thumb rests on handles. The kantharos is the type of wine cup favored by the god Dionysus and the hero Herakles. Side A: Poseidon attacking the giant Polybotes. He hurls a mass of rock, the island of Nisyros, in his left hand and holds a...

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Signed by the potter Hieron, son of Medon (IERON MEDONTOS EPOI[E]) Around upper surface of foot. ΙΕΡΟΝ ΜΕΔΟΝΤΟΣ ΕΠΟΙ[Ε]




By 1895: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought from Rollin et Feuardent in Paris March 1895. They had just received it in fragments from Greece.); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Early Classical Period, about 470–460 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 152.


Height: 26.1 cm (10 1/4 in.) Diameter: 18.3 cm (7 3/16 in)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World