Attic Red Figure Cup

Athenian red figure pottery cup

The Euaichme Painter, Attic red-figure stemmed pottery cup depicting a courting scene, c.470 BCE, Ashmolean Museum.

A kylix is the most common type of wine-drinking cup in ancient Greece. This kylix is decorated with the scene of an older man giving a rooster to a younger man. Certain gifts such as hares and roosters were traditionally given by an older man courting a younger man. Often this type of pottery included an inscription called Ho Pais Kalos (“the young man is beautiful”) and included the beloved young man’s name. They were most common in the fifth century BCE, typically on vessels used for a symposium.