Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting Hephaistos polishing the shield of Achilles

Early Classical Period
about 480 B.C.
the Dutuit Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 082.


Height: 34.2 cm (13 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)


The Ancient World



Side A: Hephaistos polishing the shield of Achilles in the presence of Thetis. In the field, a pair of greaves, a helmet, tongs, hammer and saw. Meaningless inscription.
Side B: Nike walking to right, her face to left, holding oinochöe and patera. The figures on a meander base.
Palmettes under the handles.

[Label text]:
Hephaistos and Thetis, the mother of Achilles are depicted on this amphora. As his role as the god of the forge, Hephaistos made armor for the Trojan War hero Achilles. On the wall can be seen some of the warrior’s accouterments, as well as the tools of the blacksmith.


Date unknown: from a grave at Suessula and formerly in the Spinelli collection near Cancello (according to L. D. Caskey and J. D. Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, vol. 2, pp. 36-37, no. 82); by 1912: with E. P. Warren; purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912