Plate with Thetis and dolphins
about 510–500 B.C.
Manner of Circle of Euphronios (Euthymides or Oltos) (Greek)
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 003.
Diameter: 17 cm ( 6 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)
Within the checkered border is a nereid, a daughter of the old man of the sea (Nereus). The scene is apparently occurring under water, for she holds a dolphin in each hand and two other dolphins leap about her. She wears an Ionic dress (chiton), a hair-bag (sakkos) and earrings. The inscription was apparently incised after the firing. It identifies the figure as the sea-nymph (nereid) Thetis, the mother of the hero Achilles. It is scratched in the field, in retrograde “Thetis” (THETES).
Condition: Two holes for suspension. Repaired with slight restorations.
By 1888: Bruschi Collection, Tarquinia; by 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bruschi Collection); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, February 1900
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund