Terracotta kylix (drinking cup), Attributed to the Antiphon Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Antiphon Painter
ca. 490 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
diameter 9 9/16 in. (24.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Interior, youth wearing phorbeia (lip band) and holding double flute (aulos); inscribed the boy is fair
Exterior, youths

The scenes here depict young Athenian men engaged in pursuits characteristic of their age and status. Music was an integral part of education, with the flute and the lyre as the primary instruments. The youth on the interior must just have stopped playing because he still wears the phorbeia. His companions on the outside converse and occupy themselves with a hare.
Inscription: Inscribed: "the boy is fair"
Said to be from Tarquinia

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 74, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 341, no. 82, Oxford: Clarendon Press.