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High-handled drinking cup (kantharos) in the form of two heads

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The joining of black and white female heads is unusual. On black-figure vases, white (i.e. Greek) women are often painted with the same white slip (liquid clay) as that used on the mouth of this cup, but on head vases they are always left in the reddish and the more lifelike color of the clay,...

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Inscription

"Kalos ho pais"

Provenance

By 1897: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought 1897 from a Greek. Probably from Tanagra.); 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, Late Archaic Period, about 510–480 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Dimensions

Height: 19.2 cm (7 9/16 in.); diameter: 14.3 cm (5 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

98.926

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels