Oil flask (lekythos)

Classical Period
about 440 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Overall: 23.5 x 8 cm (9 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.) Diameter: 7.9cm (3 1/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



A helmeted warrior in ambush, behind a tree. He holds a spear (painted in red) at the ready in his right hand, and grips his shield tightly. He wears a sword strapped at his left side, but is otherwise nude.

Condition: Broken and repaired with unimportant restorations.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Greece); (a later addition to the Warren record states that according to J. A. Fothergill, Feb. 9, 1901: "Said to have come from Eretria."); 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for
$ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund