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Gallery Text

Having drained this wine cup, the drinker could contemplate the warrior depicted inside. The bearded hoplite (heavily armed foot soldier) stands relaxed, a mantle over his shoulders and the cheek guards of his helmet pushed up. He gazes down at his round shield, whose shape echoes the cup’s interior. Both shield and design border were drawn by compass; preliminary sketch lines for the warrior’s lower legs with greaves remain visible. This introspective scene for the drinker contrasts with the activity on the cup’s exterior, where younger, beardless warriors practice battle, to be viewed by the rest of the drinking party.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
The Foundry Painter, Greek (active 490 BCE - 480 BCE)
Kylix (drinking cup): Warrior; Warriors Practicing
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Attic Red-figure Kylix: Warrior with Shield and Lance
Work Type
c. 490-480 BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
Archaic period
Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3410, South Arcade
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Physical Descriptions
9.7 x 23.3 cm (3 13/16 x 9 3/16 in.)
max. with handles: 9.7 x 30.4 cm (3 13/16 x 11 15/16 in.)
Edward Perry Warren, Esq., London, (by 1927-1928), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1927.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Beazley Archive Database #204357
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of E. P. Warren
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Interior: Warrior with shield and lance; exterior: Warriors in combat.
Publication History

The Beazley Archive, website, 204357

George M. A. Hanfmann, Greek Art and Life, An Exhibition Catalogue, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1950), no. 132.

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), p. 104, no. 114, ill.

Exhibition History

Greek Art and Life: From the Collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Private Lenders, Fogg Art Museum, 03/07/1950 - 04/15/1950

Significant Forms-The Changing Character of Western Art, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 07/08/1961 - 09/25/1961

Fragments of Antiquity: Drawing Upon Greek Vases, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/15/1997 - 12/28/1997

Vastly More Than Brick and Mortar: Reinventing the Fogg Art Museum in the 1920s, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/29/2004 - 08/22/2004

Re-View: S422 Ancient & Byzantine Art & Numismatics, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/12/2008 - 06/18/2011

32Q: 3410 South Arcade, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

Subjects and Contexts

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