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Attic Red-Figure Kalpis

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Attic Red-Figure Kalpis


Attributed to the Eucharides Painter (Greek (Attic), active about 500 - 470 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place Created)


about 480 B.C.



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38.9 × 32 cm (15 5/16 × 12 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

A boy plays the double flutes for a young reveler on this Athenian red‑figure kalpis. Several signs‑‑the provision basket hanging on the wall, the wreath on the youth's head, and the boy's red ribbon‑‑indicate that the action takes place at a symposion or aristocratic drinking party. The youth, who is shown as just old enough to grow a downy beard, holds a walking stick and the case for the boy's flute. He approaches the boy with a hand lowered toward his genitals, the standard gesture of young men courting boys. The celebration of desirable male youth was a key component in elite Athenian culture, and an inscription between the figures reads "Eucharides is beautiful." Eucharides would have been one of the handsome adolescents in Athens in the years around 480 B.C.

A kalpis is a rounded variant form of a hydria or water vessel. Greeks always drank their wine mixed with water, and a vessel like this one could have held the water at a symposion. The decoration on the vessel foretold the pleasures of the evening.

1962 - about 1983

Walter Bareiss, American, born Germany, 1919 - 2007


Molly Bareiss, American, 1920 - 2006 (Stamford, Connecticut), distributed to the Walter Bareiss Children Usufruct, around 1983.

about 1983 - 1986

Walter Bareiss Children Usufruct, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Griechische Plastik: Vasen und Kleinkunst: Leihgaben aus Privatbesitz (May 27 to September 27, 1964)
  • Staatliche Museen (Kassel), May 27 to September 27, 1964
Greek Vases and Modern Drawings from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bareiss (June 13 to October 5, 1969)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), June 13 to October 5, 1969

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