Side B: lotus and palmette

Side A: two lions

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Summary: Side A: Confronting lions. Side B: Floral pattern.
Ware: Attic Black Figure
Painter: Attributed to the KX Painter
Attributed By: J.D. Beazley
Context: From Greece
Date: ca. 575 BC - ca. 550 BC

H 0.114 m D 0.165 m

Primary Citation: ABV, 25,19
Shape: Skyphos
Beazley Number: 300297
Region: Greece
Period: Archaic


Paint flaking.

Decoration Description:

Side A: Two lions are confronted. They stand with bodies facing and chests touching, but arch their necks to look over their shoulders. Their tails are in S-curves, their mouths open and tongues sticking out.

Side B: There is a complex double lotus-palmette pattern. Payne (200) compares it to a floral ornament on a dinos by Sophilos.

On both sides, below the decoration, are two rows of alternate black and red checks, and below that a band of fine rays, just above the foot, which is painted black. The vessel has a deep bowl with two horizontal handles near the edge. The decoration is in lustrous black glaze with added purple-red.

Boardman (18) notes that the KX Painter's lions are particularly distinctive, with big ear locks (such as those on the A side of this vase).

Shape Description: The KX painter frequently decorated skyphoi (whereas other painters in the Komast group preferred cups) (Boardman 19)

Material Description:

The clay is red, with occasional bits of chalk and fine particles of mica.

Collection History:

Perkins collection, 1897.

Sources Used:

Boardman 1974, 18; Fairbanks 1928, 196, n. 561, pl. 64; Payne 1931, 196, 199-200, pl. 52, 2-3

Other Bibliography:

J.D. Beazley "Groups of Early Attic Black Figure" Hesperia XIII (1944) 45; S. Papaspyridi-Karusu "Sophilos" AM 62(1937) 133, pl. 59,1