Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to Makron
ca. 480 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
diameter 4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Interior, two men reclining and nude youth, labeled Amykos, on the ground

In this representation, Makron seems to adapt a symposium scene (drinking party) to a mythological subject. The ship Argo set out form Greece eastward in search of the Golden Fleece. The participating heroes included Jason, Peleus, Meleager, Herakles, and the Dioskuroi—Castor and Pollux. At one point in the journey, King Amykos challenged the Dioskuroi to a boxing match and was defeated. The scene here may depict the two heroes, reclining with phialai (libation bowls) for offerings, and the vanquished Amykos.
Inscription: Youth on the ground labeled "Amykos"
Said to be from Arezzo

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 76, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 477, no. 295, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kunisch, Norbert. 1997. Makron, Forschungen zur antiken Keramik. II Reihe, Kerameus, Vol. 10. pl. 332, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Gebauer, Jörg. 2002. Pompe und Thysia: Attische Tieropferdarstellungen auf schwarz- und rotfigurigen Vasen. cat. M 48, p. 465, fig. 338, Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.

Lezzi-Hafter, Adrienne, Cécile Jubier-Galinier, Leslie Threatte, Jan-Matthias Müller, and Kristine Gex. 2016. Potters - Painters - Scribes : Inscriptions on Attic Vases, Rudolf Wachter, ed. pp. 143, 145, Zürich: Akanthus Verlag für Archäologie.