Pseudo-Panathenaic vase (amphora) depicting a pankration match

Archaic Period
about 530–520 B.C.
the Mastos Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 1, pl. 56.


Height: 60.2 cm (23 11/16 in.); diameter: 42.1 cm (16 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



Side B: A pankration match supervised by a judge. Another figure is at the far left, probably a spectator, trainer, or another athlete. One competitor holds up a finger, the signal of submission. On foot, graffito: DKOI

Side A: Between two Doric columns, on which sits a cock, Athena brandishing a spear. Her shield-device is the body of a chariot.


Published by Gerhard in 1843: by date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; about 1889, following W. H. Forman's death: in the collections of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Burt, and later of his nephew, Major A. H. Browne; by 1900: with Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (sale of the Forman Collection, part 2, July 2-5, 1900, lot 103); by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund