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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Kabeirion Skyphos depicting Kirke or Penelope at the loom
Work Type
5th century BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Boeotia
Classical period
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Physical Descriptions

Yellowish clay with slip, brown glaze
actual: 17.3 x 26.9 cm (6 13/16 x 10 9/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
[Athens, 1898] sold; to Joseph Clark Hoppin, Pomfret, CT, (1899-1925), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, Museum, 1925.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Joseph C. Hoppin
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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From the Kabeirion, Thebes. Side A: Odysseus and Kirke. On the left a large loom, before which a female figure clad in a chiton is sitting with both hands extended. Facing her to left two men wearing chlamydes and piloi, the first leaning on a staff. Only their heads and shoulders are preserved. Side B: Grape clusters. Below, encircling the entire vase, broad, glazed band intersected by two narrow reserved stripes. Reddish bands on edge of foot and concentric circles underneath. Exterior reserved, interior entirely covered with a reddish brown glaze. Execution hasty and incisions careless.

Publication History

  • Joseph Clark Hoppin and Albert Gallatin, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, U.S.A.: volume 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections, Libraire Ancienne Edouard Champion (Paris, 1926)
  • George M. A. Hanfmann, Greek Art and Life, An Exhibition Catalogue, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1950), no. 143.
  • Jean-Marc Moret, Circé Tisseuse Sur Les Vases Du Cabirion, Revue Archeologique (1991), No. 2, pp. 227-266, pp. 256-257, nos. 14-16
  • Diana M. Buitron, The Odyssey and Ancient Art: An Epic in Word and Image, exh. cat., Blum Art Institute (Annandale-on-Hudson, 1992), pp. 158, 164-16; cat. 56
  • Karen-Hanne Stærmose Nielsen, Kirkes Væv: Opstadvævens historie og nutidige brug, Historisk-Arkaeologisk Forsogscenter Lejre (Lejre, Denmark, 1999)
  • Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC), Artemis (Zürich, Switzerland, 1999), Vol. 6, Kirke 29.
  • [Reproduction Only], Persephone (Spring 2001), Vol. 5, No. 2, p. 46
  • [Reproduction Only], Persephone, (Spring 2005)., p. 21

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
  • The Odyssey and Ancient Art, Blum Art Institute, New York, 10/06/1991 - 03/01/1992
  • 32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/25/2015 - 01/03/2016; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/17/2017 - 01/07/2018; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/02/2023 - 12/30/2023

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