Attic Red-Figure Kylix

Object Details


Attic Red-Figure Kylix


Attributed to Briseis Painter (Greek (Attic), active 510 - 470 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece, Europe (Place created)


about 510 B.C.




10.3 × 28.3 × 22.1 cm (4 1/16 × 11 1/8 × 8 11/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Herbert L. Lucas

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The interior of this Athenian red-figure kylix or cup depicts a young man in a rocky landscape wearing an outfit intended for hunting or traveling. The youth's identity is uncertain. The hero Theseus is frequently shown in such garb, but the figure could just as easily be an ordinary youth.

The exterior of the kylix depicts a scene clearly drawn from daily life in Athens, not the mythological world. It shows the dokimasia, or annual inspection of the cavalry. The young cavalrymen, who wear caps with long earflaps, present their horses. Greek vases often depicted well-to-do Athenian men hunting, riding, or attending drinking parties--all favored pursuits of the elite social classes. A fine painted cup such as this would have been used at one of these drinking parties, known as symposia.

by 1884

Sir Charles Alfred William Rycroft, 1839 - 1884 (London, England)

- 1977

Private Collection [sold, Sotheby's, London, July 11, 1977, lot 325.]

by 1979 - 1982

Herbert L. Lucas Jr. (Los Angeles, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1982.

Painting on Vases in Ancient Greece (March 20 to April 22, 1979)
  • Laband Gallery, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), March 20 to April 22, 1979
Paintings on Vases in Ancient Greece (April 11 to September 15, 1980)
  • Bowers Museum (Santa Ana), April 11 to September 15, 1980
Ancient Pottery from the Hamilton College Collection (March 14 to May 1, 1987)
  • Fred L. Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College (Clinton), March 14 to May 1, 1987
Beyond Beauty: Antiquities as Evidence (December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999

Sotheby's, London. Catalogue of Antiquities. July 11, 1977, p. 44, lot 325, plate XLVII.

Frel, Jirí. Painting on Vases in Ancient Greece: a Loan Exhibition from The J. Paul Getty Museum. Exh. cat., Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, March 20-April 22, 1979, no. 13 (as loan).

Ancient Vases from the Hamilton College Collection and the J. Paul Getty Museum, exh. cat. Clinton, New York: 1987, no. 30, pp. 6, ill. and 29.

True, M., J. Daehner, J. B. Grossman, and K. D. S. Lapatin. "Greek Processions." Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum (ThesCRA) I. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2004, p. 19, no. 125.

Neils, Jennifer. "The Dokimasia Painter at Morgantina." In Stefan Schmidt and Adrian Stähli, eds. Vasenbilder im Kulturtransfer Zirkulation und Rezeption Griechischer Keramik im Mittelmeerraum (Munich: Verlag C.H. Beck, 2012), 85-91, 91, footnote 28.

Brinkmann, Vinzenz, and Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann. "Das Rätsel der Riace-Krieger - Erechtheus und Eumolpos." In Athen: Triumph der Bilder, exh. cat. Brinkmann, Vinzenz, ed. (Frankfurt am Main: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2016), pp.125, fig. 96, ill.

Manakidou, Eleni. "Ephebes and Boys of Same Age in Collective Activities on Cups of the Briseis Painter, the Dokimasia Painter, and the Triptolemos Painter." In Ēchadin: timētikos tomos gia tē Stella Drougou. Giannopoulou, Mimika and Chrysanthe Kalline, eds. (Athens: Tameio Archaiologikōn Porōn kai Apallotriōseōn, 2016), pp. 20-23, figs. 11-12, 14, ill.