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High-handled cup (kantharos) depicting Zeus in pursuit

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Kantharos ( high handled wine cup): Side A: Zeus pursues a young boy, probably Ganymede. Zeus is identified by his scepter, and he wears high traveling boots and a cloak (himation). The boy carries a hoop and stick, and runs to the right. In his haste to get away, his cloak is beginning to...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: May 1893. Said to have been found at Thebes in Boeotia); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

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

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 017.


Height: 24.7 cm (9 3/4 in.); diameter: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World