Oil flask (lekythos)

Late Archaic Period
about 490 B.C.
the Diosphos Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


26.1 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



A young warrior, nude except for a high helmet and greaves, leads a horse to right. The warrior is painted with black glaze on a white ground, and the white horse is rendered with an outline. Meaningless inscriptions appear between the heads of the warrior and the horse, between the warrior’s legs, under the horse’s tail, and under the horse’s belly. These are mock inscriptions that are used when “the artist’s literacy failed or no proper names were required” (Boardman, Athenian Black Figure Vases, p. 200) The figures appear between large palmette motifs.

Condition: Slightly restored.


By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Sent from Palermo 1899.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund