Oil flask (lekythos) with Apollo

Classical Period
about 470–460 B.C.
the Providence Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 088.


Height: 39.1 cm (15 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Apollo, full front, face to left, extends a phiale with right hand, and holds a large lyre in his left. To left of his face the Greek inscription: “handsome” (ka[l]os) and left of his body: “Hippon is handsome” (HIPPON KALOS). Part of the lower half of the figure missing. Vase somewhat restored.


Left of face: ΚΑ[Λ]ΟΣ

Left of body: ΗΙΠΠΟΝ ΚΑΛΟΣ


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: found in the same grave, Greece, with 95.43 and 95.44; according to Caskey-Beazley, no. 89: from Thebes); 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