Bowl (dinos) depicting athletes training

Classical Period
about 430–420 B.C.
Manner of the Dinos Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Overall: 21.5 x 30 x 21.5 cm (8 7/16 x 11 13/16 x 8 7/16 in.) Diameter: 27.7cm (10 7/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Nude youths practice the javelin, boxing, long jump, and the discus throw. Two trainers wearing mantles and holding sticks observe them. A musician, playing a double-pipe (aulos) and wearing a sleeveless patterned tunic over a long-sleeved, similarly-patterned tunic, provides a rhythm for a javelin thrower. A cheek-strap (phorbeia) supports his instrument. Behind the musician, a starting post is painted white, probably to indicate stone.

[Label text]:
A group of eleven youths train for athletic activities on the side of this dinos, while another youth plays the double-flute.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: "Can be traced to Athens."); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund