Attic red-figure kylix with a symposiast and a boxing scene - ROM2018_16739_8

ROM2018_16739_8

Attic red-figure kylix with a symposiast and a boxing scene

Maker: Attributed to the Painter of the Paris Gigantomachy
Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted
Geography: Made in Athens, Greece; probably found in Orvieto, Italy
Date: about 490-480 BC
Period: Greek Late Archaic period
Dimensions:
9.7 x 30.6 x 24.2 cm
Object number: 919.5.23
Credit Line: Sigmund Samuel Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
Description

This Athenian kylix (wine cup) is decorated in red-figure technique. On the interior of the cup is a scene from a symposium (drinking party). A youth, wearing a cloak and fillet/wreath and cradling a skyphos (another type of wine-cup), reclines on a couch with his staff behind it, and his boots underneath. In his right hand he holds a kylix by the handle, preparing to flick the wine dregs at a target. This was a game of skill popular at the symposium and known as 'kottabos'.

The outside of the vase shows boxers training. On each side two naked boxers fight, watched by a trainer wearing a cloak, boots and a fillet/wreath and leaning on his staff. Behind the figures are equipment such as rods, thongs and a discus, which hangs on the wall, showing that the scene takes place within a walled area.

This vase was attributed to the Painter of the Paris Gigantomachy by Beazley

Collection:
Greek World
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