Side A: Paris

Side A: Hermes

Side B: Paris leading Helen away

Handle: inscription

Tondo: man and boy, upper half

Tondo: man and boy, lower half

Collection: Berlin, Antikenmuseen
Summary: Interior: man and boy. Side A: Judgement of Paris. Side B: Paris leading Helen away.
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to Makron
Potter: Signed by Hieron
Context: From Vulci
Date: ca. 490 BC - ca. 480 BC

H. 12.0 cm., d. 33.5 cm., tondo 16.0 cm.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 459.4, 1654; Para, 377; Beazley Addenda 2, 244
Shape: kylix
Beazley Number: 204685
Region: Etruria
Period: Late Archaic


The cup is in good condition. Some of the surface details have eroded.

Decoration Description:

Interior: man and boy. The boy, standing on the left, is wrapped in a mantle. One hand is on his hip, while in the other he holds the end of a red string which is attached to a hare running away on the right. The bearded man leans on a staff, holding it with both hands. He wears a mantle draped to leave his chest free. An inscription identifies the boy as Hippodamas, a figure praised by both Makron and Douris.

Side A: Judgement of Paris. Paris sits on a knoll surrounded by his herd (five goats). He is playing a lyre, and wears a simple chiton and mantle. Hermes leads the three goddesses forward — Athena, Hera and Aphrodite. The bearded Hermes carries a staff and gestures toward Paris, explaining the task ahead of him. He wears chlamys, winged boots and a domed hat. Athena wears a chiton, mantle and snake-trimmed aegis, a crested helmet and snake armbands, and carries a spear. Hera — in chiton, short mantle, fillet, armband and earrings — carries a tall scepter. Aphrodite, standing at the end of the procession and surrounded by four erotes, wears a chiton and mantle, the mantle pulled over her head, and holds a dove in her left hand. All three have, besides their attribute, a red twig in one hand.

Side B: Paris leading Helen away. Paris leads Helen away to the left, holding onto her wrist and turning his head to look back at her. He carries two spears, and wears a chiton and mantle, a petasos hanging behind his right shoulder. Helen, veiled as a bride, wears a chiton, fillet and earrings, and a mantle pulled over her head. A companion of Paris (possibly Aeneas), walking behind Helen, turns to hold back Helen's sister, Timandra, who is rushing to try and help her. Timandra, arms outstretched, wears a chiton and mantle and a fillet. Paris' companion wears a short chiton and mantle. A petasos hangs behind his back and he carries two spears. Behind Timandra is Euopis, who turns back toward Ikarios and Tyndareos on the far right. Euopis holds a red flower tendril, and wears a chiton, mantle and fillet. Tyndareos, Helen's father, is bald and bearded and wears a long mantle. He is leans on his staff and gestures with his right hand, his forehead wrinkled in dismay. Ikarios, Helen's brother, is also bearded. He carries a staff and is dressed in chiton and mantl

Shape Description:

For the shape, see Bloesch 92, Hieron no 11.


On the interior above the boy, [epig-rough]*I*P*P*O*D*A*M*A*S, Hippodamas. On side A above the figures, *A*L*E*X*S*N*D*R*O*S; *A*Q*E*N*A*I*A; ]*I*R[; [epig-rough]*E*R*A; *A*F*R*O*T*I*D*E, Alexandros, Athena, Hera, (unknown), and Aphrodite. On side B: [epig-rough]*E*L*E*N*E, Helen; *T*I*M*A*D*R*A, Timadra (for Timandra), written retrograde; *E*U*O*P*I*S, Euopis; *I*K*A*R*I*O*S; and, *T*U*T*A*R*E*O*S, Ikarios and Tytareos, for Tyndareos, also written retrograde.


Incised along one handle, [epig-rough]*I*E*R*O*N *E*P*O*I*E*S*E*N, Hieron made it (or me).

Collection History:

The vase once belonged to the Canino collection. It was acquired by the museum in 1841.

Sources Used:

CVA, Germany 21, Berlin 2: pl. 84.1-2, 85.1-4, 86.1-4, 127.4,8, 134.9.