Plate with Thetis and dolphins

Greek
Archaic Period
about 510–500 B.C.
Manner of Circle of Euphronios (Euthymides or Oltos) (Greek)


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 003.

Dimensions

Diameter: 17 cm ( 6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.335

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Within the checkered border is a nereid, a daughter of the old man of the sea (Nereus). The scene is apparently occurring under water, for she holds a dolphin in each hand and two other dolphins leap about her. She wears an Ionic dress (chiton), a hair-bag (sakkos) and earrings. The inscription was apparently incised after the firing. It identifies the figure as the sea-nymph (nereid) Thetis, the mother of the hero Achilles. It is scratched in the field, in retrograde “Thetis” (THETES).

Condition: Two holes for suspension. Repaired with slight restorations.

Inscription

"Thetis" (THETES)

ΘΕΤΕΣ

Provenance

By 1888: Bruschi Collection, Tarquinia; by 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bruschi Collection); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, February 1900

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund