Oil flask (aryballos) depicting athletes

Greek
Late Archaic Period
500–490 B.C.
Imitator of Onesimos


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Overall: 8.6 x 7.7 cm (3 3/8 x 3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.879

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Around this aryballos athletes are depicted relaxing in a palaistra. An athlete strips the oil from his body with a strigil. More cleaning equipment hangs on the wall. Three pairs of youths and boys stand in conversation; one youth, who is followed by his dog, offers his younger friend a flower. Between the figures the inscriptions “Panaitios is handsome” (PANAITIOS KALOS).
Condition: Repaired with some restoration.

Inscription

"Panaitios is handsome" and "Panaitios" (PANAITIOS KALOS)

Provenance

By 1897: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: from Eretria 1897); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund