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

Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Euaion Painter
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); diameter 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Interior, post, athlete with halteres (jumping weights) and trainer
Exterior, obverse and reverse, athletes and trainer

The representations here beautifully convey two fundamental aspects of athletic training, expressed in the Latin saying "mens sana in corpore sano" ( a healthy mind in a sound body). The interior depicts the mastery of a specific sport, in this case the long jump, and the discipline of the body. The exterior shows the easy, serious interchange among young men and their older mentors. The javelins and the strigil establish an athletic setting.
Said to be from Capua

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 793, no. 73, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 419, Oxford: Clarendon Press.