Wine cooler (psykter) depicting pentathletes

Greek
Archaic Period
about 520–515 B.C.
Phintias


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 067.

Dimensions

Height: 34.4 cm (13 9/16 in.); diameter: 26.9 cm (10 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.8019

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Out on Loan

On display at Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, July 7, 2017 – October 1, 2017

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Scene of pentathletes practicing. Three pairs of nude javelin throwers and a pair of nude wrestlers. The athletes’ trainers are draped and hold long switches. The javelins (akontia) each have a looped leather thong (ankyle) indicated in red paint. Two athletes are drawing the boundary lines in the ground for the javelin throw.

Inscriptions: “Philon” (PHILON); “Etearchos” (ETEARXOS); “Epilykos” (EPILUK[OS]; “Ptoiodoros” (PTOIODOROS); “Sostratos” (SOSTRATOS) (twice); “Eukrates” (EKRATES); “Eudemos” (EUDEMOS); “Eoppoki” (EOPPOKI); “Kimon” (KIMON); “Phayllos” (PHAULO[S]); “Xenophon” (XSENO[PHON]); “Enioas” (ENIOAS)

Condition: Considerably fractured and repaired.

Inscription

Inscriptions: "Philon" (PHILON); "Etearchos" (ETEARXOS); "Epilykos" (EPILUK[OS]; "Ptoiodoros" (PTOIODOROS); "Sostratos" (SOSTRATOS) (twice); "Eukrates" (EKRATES); "Eudemos" (EUDEMOS); "Eoppoki" (EOPPOKI); "Kimon" (KIMON); "Phayllos" (PHAULO[S]); "Xenophon" (XSENO[PHON]); "Enioas" (ENIOAS)

Provenance

Probably between 1876 and 1885: excavated by Riccardo Mancini at Orvieto (according to Caskey-Beazley, part 2, p. 3; according to Hartwig, “Tod des Pentheus,” Jb. Arch. Inst. 7, 1892, p.157, this psykter was discovered at the necropolis in Orvieto along with another psykter, which by 1888 was likewise in the Bourguignon collection). By 1890: Alfred Bourguignon, Naples (W. Klein, “Die Griechischen Vasen,” Denkschriften der kais. Ak. der Wiss., 1890, p. 65, no. 4); sold by Bourguignon to Edward Perry Warren (b. 1860 –d . 1928), London; December 1, 1901: sold by Warren to the MFA.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund