Campanian neck-amphora

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
about 350 B.C.
the Parrish Painter

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Campania

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 079.


Overall: 37.3cm (14 11/16in.) Diameter: 16.1cm (6 5/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



A: Three young warriors are lounging in a camp. The one holding a staff in his left hand at the upper left is seated on a rock near an Ionic column; the rock is outlined in added white. In the field before him hangs a pilos-helmet. The frowning youth at the lower left leans casually on his staff, his cloak folded over his left arm. He carries an empty pointed amphora on his right shoulder. Like the other youths, he wears an elaborate fillet or stephane with vertical protrusions in front. He looks back, his face in three-quarter view, toward the youth at the right, who stands with a spear in his raised left hand and rests his lowered right hand on a shield. A chlamys is draped over his left shoulder. There is no clue to the identity of the three youths; they recall the Argonauts relaxing and drawing water on the Etruscan Fiorconi Cista.
B: Eros, maenad, and youth. Eros flies to the left to offer a white fillet to the maenad standing below, her left foot resting on a spotted stone. Eros wears a white radiate crown, bracelets, anklets, and crossed bandoleers. The maenad wears a radiate crown, necklace, and bracelets, all in white, as well as a belted chiton. She holds a thyrsos in her left hand and gestures toward it with her right. A nude youth with a white fillet in his hair and a spear in his right hand is seated on a cloak at the upper left; he turns to look toward Eros, so that his body is in three-quarter view. He supports himself on his left arm, but there is no indication of terrain in the scene except for the stone and the solitary white flower at the lower left.
On either side of the enck a centaur wielding a tree branch battles a nude young warrior, presumably a Lapith, who wears a helmet and carries a shield.


By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: The following objects [MFA 03.805-03.833, 03.836-03.837, 03.906] were found in one cemetery in Campania.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900