28. 01.8038 KYLIX Athlete with dog PLATE XHeight, 0.074 m.; diameter, 0.206 m. Put together from numerous pieces with only slight damage to the picture. The exterior undecorated. Relief contours throughout. Red used for the youth's fillet, the dog's collar, and the inscription; thinned paint for the youth's whiskers and for some almost indistinguishable inner markings on his abdomen and arms. From the Bourguignon collection. Ann. Rep. 1901, p. 33, no. 17. Caskey, A.J.A. xix, 1915, p. 135, Pl. IX. Beazley, V.A., p. 91. Hoppin, i. p. 127, no. 32. Beazley, Att. V., p. 179, no. 54. A drawing of the shape in Caskey, G.G.V., p. 203, no. 157. Within a border of interlocking maeander, in threes interrupted by 'Dourian' cross squares, an athlete stands with left leg advanced, bending forward. He holds a strigil in his right hand, which is swung out to the rear, and extends his right arm to the front. Behind him, part of a stool with a mantle lying on it. Before him, a small, short-haired dog looking up at its master. A pair of crossed rods stuck obliquely into the ground suggests the palaestra. In the field in small red letters the inscription ΗΟΠΑΙΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ. The end of the athlete's fillet, hardly visible in the photograph, stands up in front like that of the youthful trainer on the Brygan skyphos no. 18, Pl. VII (Boston 10.176). The dog has a red string round its neck. The motive is convincingly interpreted by Beazley as follows: The athlete, who has been cleaning his strigil, is dropping the scrapings of oil and dust from his left hand, as suggested by the positions of the fingers; and these scrapings attract the dog. The same motive appears more clearly on the cup in Florence, Hartwig, Meisterschalen, Pl. LXII. 3, and somewhat differently on the grave relief of about 460 B.C. from Delphi, figured by Bulle, Der schöne Mensch 2, Pl. 265. Here an athlete stands in front view with arms held out to the side, scraping his left forearm with a strigil held in his right hand. Beside him, a small boy; between them the lifted head of a dog much interested in the scrapings. On a cup in Brussels, Corpus Cinquantenaire III. 1 c, Pl. 4, 4 (by the Brygos painter according to Beazley, Att. V., p. 180, no. 55), a draped youth is holding up some other titbit before a dog; the strigil hangs on the wall. Cf. also the oinochoe below, no. 42, Pl. XVIII (Boston 13.191). About 480 B.C. By the Brygos painter, and very closely related in style to the skyphos no. 18, Pl. VII (Boston 10.176) and the Nolan amphora, no. 19, Pl. VIII (Boston 26.61); also to the cup fragment with a youthful komast from the Athenian acropolis, Athens, Acr. B 50, Beazley, Att. V., p. 179, no. 44; Langlotz, Akropolisvasen, Pl. XV, 292. The pose of the athlete recalls that of the flute-player on the interior of the Brygan cup in London, London E 71, A.Z., 1870, Pl. 39, Murray, Designs from Greek Vases, no. 49, Att. V., p. 178, no. 26.1
ARV, p. 251, no. 77; ARV2, p. 376, no. 93; Hull 1964, p. 216, pl. 6; Wegner 1973, p. 146; Beazley Addenda 2, p. 226.