Two-handled jar (amphora)

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 470 B.C.
the Pan Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 095.

Dimensions

Height: 25.4 cm (10 in.)

Accession Number

10.184

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Side A: A mature man pursues a young boy by grabbing the boy’s right arm as he attemps to flee. The couple is very likely represents the popular scene of the abduction of Ganymede by Zeus. Here the gentleman may be identified as Zeus by the attribute of the scepter he holds. Both wear wreaths added in purple. The boy carries a hoop and a hoop-stick, common toys in Athens and often attributes of Ganymede.

Side B: A wreathed youth advances to the right while looking over his shoulder and carrying a joint of meat in his left hand, which may be a gift from an admiring older man.

An elaborate band of palmettes serves as the ground line for both scenes.

Provenance

Between 1879-1886: found at Suessula by D. Marcello Spinelli; by 1910: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: From Suessula.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution