Pitcher (oinochoe) with Greek warrior attacking Persian archer

Classical Period
about 450 B.C.
the Chicago Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 041.


19.3 x 12 cm (7 5/8 x 4 3/4 in.) Height with handle: 24 cm (9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



In this dynamic duel between a nude Greek warrior and a Persian archer wearing the traditional patterned jacket and trousers of the foreign empire, the Persian hopelessly holds up his sword (his short range weapon) as a defense against the spear about to be thrust into his chest. The nude Greek hoplite, who is armed with a spear and large shield and wearing a crested Attic helmet, attacks, while the foreign warrior has already shot an arrow at his opponent; it can be seen to the left of the Greek.


By 1912: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Gela.); 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