On the inner tondo an elderly man is depicted, with his hair and beard overpainted in white, attending the investiture of a young warrior. The elder, with a stick suspended from his forearm, holds the young man’s helmet and turns his gaze while giving him a sack. The warrior, who has already donned the breastplate, now bends to put on the jambeaux. The shield lies between the two, while the tip of the spear is planted in the ground. The same motif is repeated on the outside, with a less pathetic tone; mature warriors, bearded, put on their armour assisted by younger men and boys.
The Brygos Painter – whose name derives from the potter who signed 14 kylikes, of whom he painted five – is a master of the severe style of the first two decades of the fifth century B.C., a contemporary of the Berlin Painter and Douris.