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
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 082.
Height: 34.2 cm (13 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)
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.
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)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912