Oil flask (lekythos) with battle of Greeks and Amazons

Greek
High Classical Period
about 430 B.C.
The Eretria Painter


Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 065.

Dimensions

Height: 22.7 cm (8 15/16 in.); diameter: 13.4 cm (5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

95.48

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure technique

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Battle of the Greeks and Amazons. At left a Greek warrior, only a part of whose figure is preserved, above his head the Greek letter sigma; he is attacked by an Amazon with a spear. Next the warrior Hyppolyte (Greek inscription HYPPOLYTE above him) on horseback. He is opposed by Theseus (inscription THESEUS above). At right a boy with a helmet. Some gilding. Important pieces missing at the ends of the picture.

[Label text]:
In this well-composed scene, male Greek warriors fight the female Amazons, an unruly tribe from the Black Sea region.

Inscription

From LàR

Σ
ΙΠΠΟΛΥΤΗ
ΘΗΣ[ΕVΣ]

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: October 1893. Said to have been found at Athens); 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