Bowl (dinos) depicting athletes training

Classical Period
about 430–420 B.C.
Manner of the Dinos Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Overall: 21.5 x 30 x 21.5 cm (8 7/16 x 11 13/16 x 8 7/16 in.) Diameter: 27.7cm (10 7/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



Nude youths practice the javelin, boxing, long jump, and the discus throw. Two trainers wearing mantles and holding sticks observe them. A musician, playing a double-pipe (aulos) and wearing a sleeveless patterned tunic over a long-sleeved, similarly-patterned tunic, provides a rhythm for a javelin thrower. A cheek-strap (phorbeia) supports his instrument. Behind the musician, a starting post is painted white, probably to indicate stone.

[Label text]:
A group of eleven youths train for athletic activities on the side of this dinos, while another youth plays the double-flute.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: "Can be traced to Athens."); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund