View of the right side: note the enclosed palmettes, one on either side of...

View of side A, from below: two athletes between a man and a woman

Bottom view

Detail of side A, left of center: a nude athlete, wearing a white wreath, ...

Top view: the tondo depicts Linos and Mousaios

Detail of side B, left: an athlete, standing in a frontal pose, with his h...

Collection: Paris, Musée du Louvre
Summary: Tondo: Linos and MousaiosSides A: Two athletes between a man and a womanSide B: Athletes
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Eretria Painter
Context: From Cerveteri
Date: ca. 440 BC - ca. 430 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.10 m; Diam. (lip) 0.25 m; W. (max.) 0.33 m
Primary Citation: ARV2, 1254.80; Para, 355; Beazley Addenda 2, 355
Shape: Cup
Beazley Number: 217018
Period: High Classical


Decoration Description:

Tondo: Mousaios, a nude youth wearing a white taenia, stands profile to the right, with his right hand on his hip, and holds a tablet in his upraised left hand; behind him is a footed box; in front of him, on a klismos, sits his teacher, Linos, a bearded man wearing a himation around his lower body and a wreath; he unrolls a book scroll on which letters are barely distinguishable.

Side A: A bearded man (a trainer?), standing in a frontal pose, with his head turned profile to the left, wears a himation draped over his left shoulder and a white wreath; he holds a forked stick upright in his left hand. A nude athlete, wearing a white wreath, stands profile to the right, and holds halteres (jumping weights) ahead of his body, in both hands, while he leans back; another nude athlete, standing in a relaxed pose, profile to the right, seemingly talks with the woman opposite him, who stands 3/4-view to the left, and wears a himation over an undergarment, as well as a narrow taenia.

Side B: An athlete, standing in a frontal pose, with his head profile to the right, holds a strigil in his lowered right hand and a pick (shown upside down) in his left hand. Next to him stands another nude athlete, in a frontal pose, with his left hand on his hip and his right hand held up to his head. A third athlete, standing in a frontal pose, with his head profile to the right, holds his right arm directly to the left, and rests his left hand on his hip. Next to him stands another nude athlete, shown in a 3/4 back view, scraping his arm with a strigil; between them hangs an animal skin that seems to act as a shower, emitting water.

The area around each handle is decorated with palmettes: enclosed palmettes are placed on either side of the handle, and two symetrically arranged palmettes, divided by volutes, decorate the space beneath the handle.

Shape Description: Kylix

Inscriptions: White dipinti label the figures, generally above their heads: On the tondo: *M*O*S*A*I*O*S, *L*I*N*O*S; on side A; on side B

Collection History: Said to have been found at Cerveteri in 1863.

Sources Used: Pottier 1922, 268