Oil flask (lekythos) with battle of Greeks and Amazons
High Classical Period
about 430 B.C.
The Eretria Painter
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 065.
Height: 22.7 cm (8 15/16 in.); diameter: 13.4 cm (5 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure technique
Not On View
Battle of the Greeks and Amazons. At left a Greek warrior, only a part of whose figure is preserved, above his head the Greek letter sigma; he is attacked by an Amazon with a spear. Next the warrior Hyppolyte (Greek inscription HYPPOLYTE above him) on horseback. He is opposed by Theseus (inscription THESEUS above). At right a boy with a helmet. Some gilding. Important pieces missing at the ends of the picture.
In this well-composed scene, male Greek warriors fight the female Amazons, an unruly tribe from the Black Sea region.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: October 1893. Said to have been found at Athens); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)
Catharine Page Perkins Fund