Two-handled jar (amphora)

Greek
Archaic Period
about 540–530 B.C.
Close to Exekias


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 12; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 035.

Dimensions

Height: 51.4 cm (20 1/4 in.); diamater: 33 cm (13 in.)

Accession Number

63.952

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Side A: The Dioskouroi harness a biga.
Helen stands at the left, raising her left hand in a gesture of farewell. The Greek inscription ‘Helene’ (HELENE) above her head. Polydeukes steadies the chariot with his left foot. Behind his head and back the inscription ‘Polydeuces’ ([P]OLYDEUKES) in retrograde. Kastor wears a long white robe. Inscription above his head, ‘Kastor’ (KASTOR). A groom, Aischines, holds Simos, the off-horse. The inscription ‘Aischines’ (ASCHINES) above the figure’s head, and the Greek inscription ‘Simos’ (SIMOS) underneath the horse’s head. A second groom, Eurylochos, holds the near-horse. To the left of his legs the inscription in retrograde ‘Eurylochos’ (EURYLOCHOS). Inscription ([?]IOS) above the horse’s head that is probably part of its name. To the left of the horse’s front legs, the inscription ‘Kason is handsome’ (KAS^ON KAL^OS) in retrograde.

Side B: Dionysos, ivy-wreathed and seated on a folding stool, drinks from a kantharos in the midst of a grapevine populated with twelve diminutive satyrs. Inscription above and to the right of his head, ‘Dionysos’ (DIONYSOS).

Inscription

From Left to Right

Side A:
ΗΕΛΕΝΕ
[Π]ΟΛΥΔΕΥΚΕS (Retr.)
ΑΙSΧΙΝΕS (Retr.)
SΙΜΟS
ΚΑSΤΟΡ
[?]ΙΟS
ΚΑΣΟΝ ΚΑΛΟΣ (Retr)
ΕΥΡΥΛΟΧΟS (Retr)

Side B:
ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΣ

Provenance

By 1950: with Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (according to the purchase declaration on the invoice for Customs, the vase had been purchased by Münzen und Medaillen A.G. from Jean Dubois in Paris in 1950); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., June 19, 1963

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Residuary Fund and Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900