Oil flask (lekythos) with Achilles, Ajax and Athena

Greek
Archaic Period
about 500 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 28.4 x 14.4 cm (11 3/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

95.15

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Achilles (the Greek inscription ACHILL[E]US above his head) and Ajax (the Greek inscription AIAS above his head and to the left on a vertical axis) are seated on blocks and compete in a game, possibly dice. In front of Achilles is the vertical inscription “I have four” (TETARAFERO) and in front of Ajax, in the same manner, is the inscription “I have two” (DUOFERO). The goddess Athena (the inscription ATHENAAS to the right of her head) officiates in the center. She moves towards Ajax, but turns around and extends her arm over Achilles’ head. Each warrior has removed his helmet and placed it on top of his shield, planted on the ground behind him.

Inscription

From Left à Right

ΑΧΙΛΛ<Ε>ΥΣ
ΤΕΤΑΡΑΦΕΡΟ
ΔΥΟΦΕΡΟ
ΑΘΕΝΑΑΣ
ΑΙΑΣ

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records : from Greece); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund