Smith 1955.45RED-FIGURE KYLIX (TYPE A)
Lent by the Smith College Museum of Art (1955.45)
Height: 4 15/16 in. (10 cm.); Diameter: 13 3/16 in. (33.5 cm.)
Reassembled from many fragments; some repaint on palmettes and on tondo figure.
Inside: a youth prepares to hurl a discus. Inscribed behind him retrograde is ΚΑΛΟΣ (beautiful). Side A: drinking party. A reclining satyr holds a skyphos and reaches for the wine-skin held out by a smaller satyr who approaches him. Above is inscribed Ο ΠΑΙΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ (the boy is beautiful). Side B: drinking party. A youth fills his skyphos from a column-krater in which the wine has been mixed with water. To the left, a youth with skyphos; to the right, a youth with drinking horn and a wineskin. Inscribed above, Ο ΠΑΙΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ (the boy is beautiful). At the handles are palmettes and volutes; on side A, palmettes with nine fronds; on side B, palmettes with ten fronds. Dilute glaze: hair and beards. Red: the wreaths and inscriptions.
Attributed to the Manner of the Epeleios Painter [Beazley] ca. 520 - 500 B.C. The minimal detail, emphasis on silhouette, and the heavy fronds of the palmettes suggest a date of ca. 510 B. C. (P. W. Lehmann, "An Attic Kylix," Smith College Museum of Art Bulletin 37  3-9, figs. 1-6). Mrs. Lehmann compares this cup to one in Cambridge (Cambridge 1.27; ARV2, 124, no. 3). Bloesch considers the form of the Cambridge cup extremely rare (Bloesch 1940, 38, pl. 11, 1).