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Attic Red-Figure Kylix

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Attic Red-Figure Kylix


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place Created)


about 510 B.C.



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12.6 × 39.1 cm (4 15/16 × 15 3/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Alan Salke

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Object Description

Tondo: a crouching satyr with an erect phallus, long hair and a bushy beard holds two drinking vessels (kantharoi). He looks back over his shoulder. An inscription, Phintias painted [it], surrounds the figure.

Exterior, A: a nude youth crouches and masturbates while holding the foot of a calyx krater before an older woman. She leans back, also holding the base of the krater, and cradling it against her outstretched right arm. Her hair is tied up in a cloth, an earring is evident in her left ear, and the painter has rendered fleshy folds on her belly and under her chin.

Exterior B: two similar figures to those on side A, again engaged in sexual activity. A nude youth, this time with traces of hair on his cheeks, reclines while a nude woman grasps his penis with her right hand. She is in a crouched position over his legs, and though comparable in physical appearance to the woman on side A, does not wear a head cloth or earring. At the top, an inscription, E [...] A I E Λ O, perhaps uttered by the youth (whose lips are parted and who gestures with his right hand).

A single eye is rendered under each handle, flanked by palmettes. The eyes are facing toward side B.

by 1963 -

Private Collection (Switzerland)

by 1979 - 1980

Alan Salke, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980.

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