Jar (pelike) with a scene of athletic training
Late Archaic Period
about 500–490 B.C.
the Eucharides Painter
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Overall: 36 x 25 cm (14 3/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Black Figure
Side B: A trainer wearing a cloak (himation) and wreath and holding a long stick; a flute-player wearing a long tunic and a wreath; and a man exercising with jumping weights. A discus (or ball) is below him. With his right leg he seems to be stepping up onto something, which could be more exercise equipment. All three are bearded. This may depict a scene of general conditioning rather than preparation for a particular event.
Side A: Woman with krotala between dancing man and man with wineskin.
By date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; inherited from him by Mrs. Burt and then, about 1889, by A. H. Browne; by 1899: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London W.C., England, auction of the Forman Collection, June 19-22, lot 316 (perhaps from Rhodes); 1899: H. de Morgan Collection (purchased at the Forman auction); American Art Galleries Sale, March 12-13, 1901, lot 193; by 1954: Collection of a Friend of the Fogg Museum; loaned by Arthur S. Dewing to MFA, May 22, 1961 (55.61); returned January 18, 1963; loaned by Arthur S. Dewing to MFA, March 10, 1965 (53.65); January 20, 1971: estate of Arthur S. Dewing, bequeathed to his family; April 21, 2004: given to MFA by the family of Arthur S. Dewing (Ruth Dewing Ewing; the family of Abigail Dewing Avery; and the family of Mary Dewing Morain)
Gift of the Family of Arthur S. Dewing