An Attic red-figure 'Kalos' kylix
Circa 510-500 B.C.
Attributed to the Proto-Panaitian Group, set on a pedestal foot with a shallow reserved step, an inscription in added wine-coloured slip under one handle translates, 'beautiful'; the tondo decoration set within a double reserved band, to show a naked boy looking up adoringly into the eyes of an older male, shown naked and partially clad in a himation, revealing his genitalia, with a striped fringe to the garment, he faces the boy with his right arm draped across his shoulder, his left arm gesturing towards him, wearing a leafy wreath of wine-coloured slip in his short hair, a knobbly staff propped up behind him, the boy shown wearing a similar leafy wreath, his hair dressed with three long strands falling across his chest and three rows of curls above his forehead shown in relief, holding a hoop and a stick, a strigil, aryballos and sponge used for bathing suspended in the field above, a Greek inscription in added wine-coloured slip in the field around them translates, 'Athenodotos is beautiful'; the exterior decorated on side (a) with an 'arming' scene showing a central youth wearing a short chiton below the waist and a wine-coloured fillet in his fringed hair, bending down to put a greave on his right leg, before him stands a bearded warrior wearing a chlamys with a fringed border, the Corinthian helmet with a long flowing horse-tail crest, holding a spear and large circular shield, its straps visible, behind the youth stand two further warriors looking on at the scene, one apparently naked, the other wearing a himation with striped fringe, both wearing crested Attic helmets and holding spears and shields, one decorated with foliate blazon, the other with a horse, a Greek inscription above the youth translates, 'The boy is beautiful'; side (b) with another 'arming' scene, the central youth wearing a short chiton below the waist with striped fringe, a thick knotted fillet in his fringed hair, bending down and holding a Chalcidian crested helmet in his right hand and in his left hand a shield resting on the ground-line, with hound blazon, behind him stands a naked warrior wearing an Attic helmet, his body twisting back towards his right holding a spear and a shield with foliate blazon, in front of him stands a naked youth looking down towards his left and holding his sword and scabbard, the baldric over his shoulder, his hair dressed with a fillet, next to him stands a warrior wearing an Attic helmet shown partially clad in a himation with a striped fringe, holding a spear and a shield with lion blazon, an inscription translates, 'The boy is beautiful', 3¼in. (8.3cm.) high, 121/8in. (31cm.) maximum diam. including handles, 9½in. (24cm.) diam. of bowl, recomposed from fragments with minor restoration
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