Oil flask (lekythos) with Athena
Early Classical Period
about 470–460 B.C.
the Providence Painter
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 089.
Height: 40.8 cm (16 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)
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.
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.
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)
Catharine Page Perkins Fund