Jar (pelike) with athlete tossing a ball (obverse) and flying Nike (reverse)

Classical Period
about 450 B.C.
Painted by the Sabouroff Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Overall: 16.8cm (6 5/8in.) Diameter: 13.5cm (5 5/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



Side A: A youth wearing a fillet balances on a rock (barely visible in faint traces of white paint) while tossing a small ball in the air.
Side B: Flying Nike carries a lotus branch and a floral bud.

Ball games were usually played in groups – here the youth appears to be playing a balancing and catching game, perhaps the one known as ourania (‘throwing the ball up towards the sky”).


By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: The following objects [MFA 03.805-03.833, 03.836-03.837, 03.906] were found in one cemetery in Campania.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900