• Red-figured Kylix with Scene of a Scuffle

    diameter: 32,3 cm

Red-figured Kylix with Scene of a Scuffle

Created: Attica. Circa 480 BC


Kylix is a cup with two handles for drinking wine, one of the favourite forms of Greek potters. Wine was usually drunk watered down 2:1 and therefore such cups were quite capacious. The themes depicted on them were often linked with their purpose. On the bottom of this large kylix a man is trying to make himself sick by tickling his throat with a thin twig after a heavy bout of drinking and eating. His head is supported by a boy. The action takes place in a house - we can see on the walls a flute case and an athlete's bag. On the outer walls of the kylix is a street scene, for the other revellers have emerged from the house. A fight has arisen over a female flautist, and one of the men lies on the ground with a broken nose from which the blood drips. Two others are beating him with a sandal and a stick. Such daring and unexpected compositions, brilliantly drawn, could have only been the work of a painter whom we know was active in the workshop of Euphronius. This artist never signed his name but is always known as the Panaitios Painter, from the dedication to the young athlete Panaitios on his vases. The masters from the Pioneer Group, such as the Panaitios Painter, often took their subjects from everyday life, seeking the directness, often somewhat vulgar, of reality. The Pioneer Group painters were the first to make use of the new red-figure technique.


Red-figured Kylix with Scene of a Scuffle





diameter: 32,3 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1894; handed over from the Russian Academy of Sciences

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