Two-handled jar (amphora) with the arming of Achilles

Greek
Archaic Period
about 520–515 B.C.
the Amasis Painter, Potter Amasis


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 27; 28, 3.

Dimensions

Height: 30.7cm (12 1/16in.) Diameter: 21.7cm (8 9/16in.) Weight: 3 lb. (1.36 kg)

Accession Number

01.8027

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Side B: Thetis bringing armor to Achilles: Phoinix present. Figures labeled.
Side A: Herakles and Apollo struggling over tripod in presence of Hermes. Figures labeled. Signature of potter “Amasis epoiesen” (“Amasis made [it]”)

Condition:
Much broken and restored.
Label attached: “Foot formerly on Amasis amphora 01.8027. Removed 1940”

See 1972.228, a fragment that joins this vase. It had been acquired by The University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, in 1897.

Inscription

"Thetis", "Achilles", "Phoinix", "Amasis epoiesen", "Hermes", "Apollo", "Herakles"

Provenance

By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon Collection (said to have come from Orvieto, according to CVA, Boston 1, p. 20); by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought privately from the collection of Alfred Bourguignon.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund