Oil flask (lekythos) with Athena

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 470–460 B.C.
the Providence Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 089.

Dimensions

Height: 40.8 cm (16 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

95.43

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Athena standing full front, with face profile to left; she holds her helmet in her right hand. In the field at her left and referring to the goddess is the Greek inscription “beautiful” (KALE), and below her right arm “Hippon is handsome” (HIPPON KALOS).
Restorations affect figure very slightly.

[Label text]:
The goddess Athena is depicted here with all her usual attributes-a staff and a helmet identify her association with war. She also wears the protective aegis, a cape given to her by Zeus that bears the head of the gorgon Medusa.

Inscription

ΚΑLΕ

ΗΙΠΠΟΝΚΑLΟS

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: found in the same grave, Greece, with 95.44 and 95.45; according to Caskey-Beazley, no. 89: from Thebes); 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