Oil flask (lekythos) with poet reciting with a lyre

Early Classical Period
about 470–460 B.C.
the Early Mannerist Group

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 099.


Height: 39.2 cm (15 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



Poet reciting to the accompaniment of the lyre. He stands in profile to left, leaning back and looking up, holding lyre with left hand, plectrum in raised right. He is bearded and wears Ionic dress (chiton), cloak (himation) and headdress (sakkos). A dotted fillet hangs from lyre. Scholars have considered the possibility that this figure is intended to represent the poet Anakreon of Lesbos, because of his eastern dress and lyre (barbiton). The soundbox, made from a tortoise shell, can be seen under his arm.


By 1912: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Gela. Said to have been found with [13.198].); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912