Pitcher (oinochoe)

Late Geometric IIa Period
735–720 B.C.
Attributed to The Concentric Circle Group

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 269c.


Height: 17.8 cm (7 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Neck and mouth of trefoil-mouth oinochoe are solid slip. Front panel on body: two men face each other and join hands over upside-down body of a third man; man at left holds sword or knife; upside-down man has sword or scabbard at his waist and a reserved eye; dotted linked diamonds above and dotted linked circles to left and right of scene; beneath panel, two lines and three wavy lies. To either side of figured scene: set of four concentric circles with a rosette at the center. Below handle a waterfowl. Base is solid slip.


Said to come from the collection of “Dr. Schlieman” [see note 1]. September 28, 1923, sold by Moise Emanuelides (dealer), Athens, to Brummer Gallery, New York (stock nos. P639 and P747); 1925, sold by Brummer Gallery to the MFA for $855 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: March 5, 1925)

[1] According to the Brummer Gallery stock card. [2] MFA accession nos. 25.42 and 25.43 were purchased together for this amount. Because the stock cards from the Brummer Gallery give identical descriptions for the two vases, it is not possible to tell which was stock no. P639 and which was P747.

Credit Line

Richard Norton Memorial Fund