Jar (stamnos) with Nereus and his daughters

Classical Period
about 450 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


35.8 cm (14 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure with added white and dilute glaze

Not On View


The Ancient World



Side A: Nereus and his daughters: Nereus is seated in a chair and holds a scepter; he has white hair and beard and wears an olive (?) wreath, rendered in dilute glaze. A daughter approaches him and pleads with outstretched arm, perhaps caressing his beard. Two others are behind her. Behind Nereus a woman, perhaps his wife Doris places a hand affectionately on his shoulder. Three more daughters stand behind him. Signed “Hermonax drew (this)” (add Greek)
Side B: Peleus rapes Thetis: A beardless youth wearing chiton and boots rushes to right and seizes a female preceded by two others. At left two female figures run to left. Much of this side missing.

Nereus, the old man of the sea, and his wife Doris, the daugher of Oceanus, were the parents of fifty lovely sea-nymphs, the most famous of whom were Thetis, the mother of Achilles, and Amphitrite, the bride of Poseidon.


By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon collection; by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought privately from the collection of Alfred Bourguignon. Bourguignon's label [on the vase to indicate provenience]: Orvieto); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund