Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Briseis Painter

Period: Classical

Date: ca. 480 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. 5 3/16 in. (13.2 cm)
width with handles 15 3/8 (39.1 cm)
diameter 12 1/16 in. (30.7 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1953

Accession Number: 53.11.4


The subject of the decoration is elucidated in a poem by Bacchylides, active in the fifth century B.C. On the interior and one side of the exterior, Theseus, who is bound for Crete to kill the Minotaur, takes leave of his father and stepmother, Poseidon and Amphitrite. On the other side, the victorious Theseus is welcomed back to Athens by Athena.