Reverse: oblique from right

Tondo: seated youth, upper half

Tondo: nonsense characters in field around youth

Reverse: overview

Obverse: oblique from right

Interior: overview

Collection: University Museum, University of Pennsylvania
Summary: Tondo: seated youth writing on a tablet.
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Eucharides Painter
Context: Excavated at Orvieto
Date: ca. 480 BC

H. 0.075 m., D. body 0.21 m., D. foot 0.085 m.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 231, 82
Shape: Kylix
Region: Etruria
Period: Late Archaic


The kylix has been reconstructed from numerous pieces. The reserved surface is worn, scraped, and chipped. Damage is more severe at the fractures.

Decoration Description:

Interior: seated youth writing on a tablet. The youth sits on a low stool facing right. He is shown in profile and is dressed in a himation which leaves his right arm and shoulder uncovered. A faded wreath rests on his head. The young man gingerly holds a stylus which he is using to write on the folding tablet on his lap. To his right is part of a chest which may be for storing scrolls. There are nonsense inscriptions, one of them retrograde, in the field around him.


A nonsense inscription in the field around the youth is composed of unrecognizable characters.

Collection History:

The kylix was excavated/collected by A.L. Frothingham under the auspices of the American Exploration Society in 1896-1897 and became part of the University Museum's collection in 1897. Funding for the museum's contribution to the excavation came from John Wanamaker.

Sources Used:

Ashmead & Phillips 1976; CVA, U.S.A., University Museum, Philadelphia (forthcoming).

Other Bibliography:

Hall 1913, 156-157 fig. 134; Beazley 1918, 46; Luce 1921, 81 no. 80; Beazley 1925, 96; ARV2, 157, 65; Boardman 1979, 34, fig. 3; Beazley Addenda 2, 200.