Miniature wine jug (chous) depicting two boys boxing

Classical Period
about 425 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Overall: 8 x 6.8 cm (3 1/8 x 2 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure technique

On View

Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)


The Ancient World



Two nude youths engaged in a boxing match. Both youths wear wreaths on their heads. The scene is framed by two short columns/turnposts.

The turnposts indicate that the scene is set in the palaistra. The wreaths they were indicate that they might be taking part in a festival contest.

Small choes or wine jugs were given to children at the yearly festival of the Anthesteria at Athens for their first sampling of wine; as the child grew older, so too did the size of the chous increase


By 1892: A. van Branteghem Collection (Hotel Drouot auction of the van Branteghem collection, Paris, May 30-31, and June 1, lot 140, said to be from Athens); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund