Kylix with a Symposion Scene Artist, attributed to: Gales Painter (Greek, Attic, active ca. 530–ca. 500. B.C.)

ca. 520–510 B.C.

Ancient Art

On view, 1st floor, Ancient Art

The symposion, a mainstay of Greek culture with its origins in the deepest past, served an important social function for men. Reclining diners told stories, talked politics, celebrated victories, and forged relationships. Inspired by Dionysos, the god of wine, such gatherings could easily, and often did, descend into drunken, bawdy revelry. The women in attendance were not respectable matrons of good households, but rather hetairai—professional entertainers and courtesans.


Terracotta, red-figure with added red


3 5/8 × 8 3/4 × 8 7/8 in. (9.2 × 22.3 × 22.5 cm)
Foot: 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Rebecca Darlington Stoddard

Accession Number



Late Archaic


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



From Vulci (Beazley); ex. coll. Dr. Paul Arndt, Munich. Purchased for Yale University by Rebecca Darlington Stoddard, 1913
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Object/Work type

figures (representations), kylikes, mythology, utilitarian objects


In Greek, above the figures: "HO PAIS"; underneath the figures: "[K]ALOS"

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